THE SIGNATURE PATTERN: For Pain Signals In The Brain

It was construed as a figment of imagination for many years for sufferers of Fibromyalgia Syndrome and went undiagnosed for years.  Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain can detect pain signals in the early onset stages of Fibromyalgia symptoms

Fibrositis in 1904 was the original diagnosis for Fibromyalgia symptoms.  In 1972, patients became more descriptive with their symptoms, a widespread pain with tender points near joints. A core of symptoms developed and the name was changed in 1976 to Fibromyalgia and currently FMS. The first sleep electroencephalogram (EEG) was performed in 1975 a test that records and measures electrical activity in the brain as sleep deprivation is a symptom of Fibromyalgia. Through studies in 1986, serotonergic – norepinephric were the first drugs to be effective with Fibromyalgia symptoms.

Two – four percent of Americans, approximately 10 million people with a ratio of eight to two women over men, have Fibromyalgia Syndrome that is now known as FM.

Being rare in existence and doctors unfamiliar with the connection of Fibrositis, many patients developed depression.  Depression is also linked to signals in the brain and led many patients to many years of doctor appointments while wondering why they were still in pain, every day while receiving psych services. The intense pain left many patients depressed, and studies have found that Fibromyalgia is more of a neurological disorder because the pain felt is nerve pain. Lifestyle choices and daily chores are also affected as well as their sleeping habits and mental and physical well-being. Doris Dangerfield, Professional Counselor, “states that she recommends her Fibromyalgia or chronic pain patients to see a psychiatrist, to obtain therapy.”

Fibromyalgia patient is starting her day with a heat treatment to soften the stiffness and sharp, intense morning pain.

Now that Fibromyalgia is more prevalent as a medical diagnosis, some of the pain symptoms could be relieved with proper health care, mentally and physically, as Doris Dangerfield states in her interview, “depression causes pain, and pain causes depression.”

A pain pattern is now indicative to establishing a Fibromyalgia diagnosis.  Localizing pain patterns on patients is now an acceptable diagnosis. Newer methods after many visits to multiple doctors, like an MRI of the brain that can verify pain. In affected areas of the brain, instances of pain, where it should not be. Pain management specialist, Dr. Mahmoud N. Sabbagh, MD, from Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan states “there are minimally invasive approaches to calm the nerve pain, along with diet, and weight loss for some.”  Nerve pain sends signals to the brain, affected nerves run through the spine, causing pain in different areas of the body. Some people opt to have an ablation. Ablation is a procedure used to burn the nerve leading to the area most affected by grief.

This is the neurology department at Harper Hospital, 3990 John R. Street, Detroit Michigan, the Neurology department where Fibromyalgia patients go for nerve pain. Image source: Cynthia Gladden
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Fibromyalgia with widespread pain and tender points, now related to pain signals sent from the brain, leading out to nerve roots form the spinal cord. Image source: Cynthia Gladden

When you cope with pain on a daily basis, it can affect the lives of others as well. The impact of a loved one being in chronic on a regular basis has its toll. The way of living will change an entire family’s daily routine when nerve pain is the extent of the day for a Fibromyalgia, family member.  Leeah Gregory-Gladden talks about her mothers Fibromyalgia. “It is difficult for the family when you watch a person be in pain.” “My mom is in pain from the time she gets up until she goes to bed.” “She is a warrior when it comes to pain; she never lets it kill her dreams.” People diagnosed with FM have a life-changing experience with their health, which affects some aspects of their personal and family living. Many people with FM do not look like sickly with pain until they have to walk or areas of the body become inflamed with pain.

Dorie Renee Fann-Purry is a survivor of Fibromyalgia and Lupus. She says “I get tired of people judging me by how I look. “ “I fight through pain every day and to have someone make a snide comment about me parking in a handicap zone, pisses me off.” Dorie Renee Fann-Purry is an active member of the Lupus Detroit, and advocates to help others in chronic pain.

A possible Fibromyalgia patient, Brandi Milton, continues to seek out answers to find out what is causing her pain. She says, “I have all of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia but have yet to be diagnosed with the condition.” “Maybe I should ask for an MRI, since I’m receiving this new information, about nerve pain.” Fibromyalgia was a mysterious disease for years, but with the new studies developed, an answer is in the making for millions that suffer every day.

 Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan offers a road to recovery

Healthy eating habits and exercise has been linked to helping with FM symptoms and is part of treatment plans when treating pain symptoms. Keeping a healthy weight can help you maintain pain levels. Stretching is also excellent for a morning routine to help stretch out stiffness from sleeping. Getting the proper rest is also important, leaving you feeling more refreshed to start your day and carry out a daily routine to help keep those pain levels down. Planning healthy daily routines is part of a recipe to help with nerve pain.


 Now that Fibromyalgia is a recognized disease ask more questions when you go to the doctor. Request a test that could lead to a quicker diagnosis. Ask to see a neurologist for a second opinion. Research is being done continually to help pain patients cope with pain as well as treat what is now considered nerve pain, from signals in the brain. Pain that leaves a signature by receiving pain signals in the brain, where pain should not perceive itself in the body.


Chronic Pain and Depression

Your mental well being is just as important as your physical well being. Leading research finds that chronic pain and depression go hand in glove towards treatment. A path of signals to the brain detects chronic pain and depression can be linked to behavior. Multi functions of the brain recognize chronic pain and depression separately one or the other disorder leads to more severe pain.

Doris Dangerfield, Professional Counselor, states “chronic pain gets worse when symptoms of depression are not addressed and if depression is not treated it makes the pain feel worse.”

Many ailments or conditions cause chronic pain disorders, for example, fibromyalgia, arthritis, as well as sports injuries or falls. As a result, many patients use whatever measures to reduce their pain. Some people become addicted to the opiates used to treat pain, trying to get rid of the physical pain that could actually be connected to signals in the brain related to depression.

Doris Dangerfield feels that “pain causes depression and depression lead to pain, making a correlation between chronic pain and depression.”

Most people do not recognize the signs of depression, which leads to unexplained physical symptoms such as back aches and or headaches.

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The brain is the core of the central nervous system learning to relax can help reduce chronic pain.  Photo Source: Cynthia Gladden

Patients that are diagnosed with depression and chronic pain, antidepressant medications may find relief in both pain and depression because of the shared chemical messages in the brain. To help balance your life when coping with chronic pain being a part of your life, other healthy daily routines will help relieve the pain. Physical therapy, journaling, meditation, coping skills, eating healthy, and exercising, are just a few things that could help with reducing pain and building mental well being on a daily basis.

Pain can have a psychological effect and a physical effect for a correct diagnosis. A visit to your primary care doctor or local mental health center is advised for assessment of health conditions and treatment options.

More Root Based Foods and ExerciseCould Help with Obesity

Stretching is an important start of the day.

The rate of obesity in America is growing, and as 38 percent of Americans are obese, as 17 percent are teenagers. There is an expectancy of 44 percent of Americans to be obese by the year 2030.

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, through the Healthy Eating Research program, “teens have a higher rate of not realizing the greater number of calories in fast foods.” In the survey performed, 34 percent of teens do not accurately calculate the correct calories when eating fast food and junk foods, as to 23 percent of parents of school-age children and 20 percent of adults.

The wrong type of food to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack.  This package contains three servings(about 15 chips). Total clories from entire bag is 440 calories and 260 calories from fat, also sodium and sugar.   Photo by: Cynthia Gladden

Further research indicates that at the end of the day healthy lifestyle choices and no exercising is the biggest culprit for obesity, making many people responsible for their own growth into obesity.  Healthier eating choices and appropriate exercise can help with burning unnecessary calories that lead to obesity.

Immune system support. … Bone strength. …Eye health. Pineapples can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a disease that affects the eyes as people age, due in part to its high amount of vitamin C and the antioxidants it contains, Digestion Health and Anti-Inflammatory benefits. Photo by: Cynthia Gladden

Eighty percent of adult Americans do not meet the governments physical activity recommendations for aerobic and muscle strengthening, causung a high rate in healthcare cost for obese patients with sicknesses related to obesity.

A Heart Can’t Be Heart When Cigarette Smoke Is Inhaled



Smoking is known to be a leading cause of heart disease for men in the United States, but second-hand smoke can be deadlier with the effects of more than 7000 chemicals in a cigarette plus, the smoke being exhaled by the smoker.


The chemicals ignited in tobacco will damage the function of the structure of the blood vessels in the heart. These blood vessels are the primary roles to the heart beating. The hidden injury will lead to plaque beginning to build up in the blood vessels and cause damage slowly.

Heart attacks for men have a ratio of 70% to 89% for sudden cardiac events. David Townsend of Detroit, Michigan is a heart attack survivor. He had a sudden cardiac event that led to an emergency triple bypass. David states that “if you don’t smoke don’t start.” His quest to be smoke-free, since his bypass surgery has been a struggle because of second-hand cigarette smoke, that has enticed his desire to smoke again.

His multiple scars from his bypass surgery are a constant reminder of his smoking habit that may shorten his lifespan.

Smoking has become a social habit that causes health concerns in many people that are not smokers. Secondhand smoke is even worse because toxic mixtures of poisons exhaled and burning from a lit cigarette affect individuals who do not smoke. The statistical information of cigarette smokers and secondhand smoke that affect non-smokers has an immediate effect on the blood vessels of the heart.





More Root Based Foods Could Help With Obesity

Healthy eating has been categorized as the culprit needed to help prevent and maintain certain health conditions. With the maintenance of weight and preventative measures taken to avoid the inevitable weight gain, from over eating and lack of exercise, there is still hope for those with exemplary determination to beat the odds of obesity.

Obesity is linked to many health conditions in societies of Millennia’s and Baby Boomers. The rate of obesity in the United States rank in the top ten of the nation and more than one-third (36.5%) of U.S. adults have obesity.

When food is grown from the soil of the earth water is part of its growth process. These fruits and vegetables are naturally part water, some more than others. Water is also associated with maintaining a healthier weight, whether it is through a beverage or multiple fruits and vegetables. Water is known to be the fuel for blood and the circulatory system in our bodies.

Eating healthy requires preparation of foods that are healthy, low in fat, calories, carbohydrates, sugars, and sodium. Eating healthier diets can be time consuming, from shopping more frequently, to assure freshness of the food, to the times it takes to prepare balanced meals. Too often, a hard day of work ensues not prepping or cooking proper meals throughout the day. Maybe you find yourself grabbing a bite to eat while on the move to get to work or home, and that could suffice for the time being, but after a while, you could find yourself at risk of health issues. Healthy eating is a lifestyle choice, and the preparations that are involved for meals involving daily fruits and vegetables can be time consuming but, well worth the extra time to keep your body full of water, and feeling like a well oiled machine, making yourself more vital and energetic and having less chance of being obese.