***Using sophisticated brain-scanning and a carefully controlled way of inducing muscle pain, the researchers show that the brain’s dopamine system is highly active while someone experiences pain – and that this response varies between individuals in a way that relates directly to how the pain makes them feel. It’s the first time that dopamine has been linked to pain response in humans.
***Researchers at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development (J&JPRD) announced on 15 October 2006 that they have discovered a new molecular mechanism that may underlie neuropathic pain. The clearer understanding of the root-cause of chronic neuropathic pain, and the preclinical validation of new targets for pharmaceutical therapies shown in this research, together present an opportunity for the development of new ways to treat the severe pain associated with such common conditions or diseases as sciatica, diabetic neuropathy and shingles.
***In an article titled Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Tenderness, and Fibromyalgia Syndrome: Are They Different Entities?, researchers in Israel discussed findings on the resemblance between some of the features of fibromyalgia (FMS) and the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research (Volume 61, Issue 5 , 11/06, Pages 663-66), this article describe a remarkable level of FMS symptoms present in men with combat-related PTSD.
For my reference - stretches for pain relief, and the TheraCane, which I am officially putting on my $WINTERHOLIDAY wishlist. So I can get at that ouchy spot between my shoulderblades.