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2019 Oct

Curr Opin Physiol


Chronic non-inflammatory muscle pain: central and peripheral mediators.


Lesnak J, Sluka KA
Curr Opin Physiol. 2019 Oct; 11:67-74.
PMID: 31998857.


Conditions with chronic widespread non-inflammatory muscle pain, such as fibromyalgia, have complex etiologies with numerous proposed mechanisms for their pathophysiology of underlying chronic pain. Advancements in neuroimaging have allowed for the study of brain function and connectivity in humans with these conditions, while development of animal models have allowed for the study of both peripheral and central factors that lead to chronic pain. This article reviews the current literature surrounding the pathophysiology of chronic widespread non-inflammatory muscle pain focusing on both peripheral and central nervous system, as well as immune system, contributions to the development and maintenance of pain. A better understanding of the mechanisms underlying these conditions can allow for improvements in patient education, treatment and outcomes.