Fascial preadipocytes: another missing piece of the puzzle to understand fibromyalgia?, 2018

Topics: fibromyalgia, fascia, pain, myofascial, neuropathic pain

Authors: Bruno Bordoni,
Fabiola Marelli,
Bruno Morabito,
Francesca Cavallaro,
David Lintonbon


Fibromyalgia (FM) syndrome is a chronic condition causing pain, affecting approxi- mately 0.5%–6% of the developed countries’ population, and on average, 2% of the worldwide population. Despite the large amount of scientific literature available, the FM etiology is still uncertain. The diagnosis is based on the clinical presentation and the severity of the symptomatology. Several studies pointed out pathological alterations within the central nervous system, suggesting that FM could originate from a central sensitization of the pain processing centers. Research supports the thesis of a peripheral neuropathic component, with the finding of axonal damages. The fibromyalgia patient has many myofascial system abnormalities, such as pain and fatigue, impairing the symptomatic profile. This paper revises the myopathic compensations, highlighting the possible role of the fascia in generating symptoms, being aware of the new information about the fascia’s activity in stimulating inflammation and fat cell production.

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