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The Journal of Neuroscience reports that the McGill University Centre for Research on Pain, has found fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) patients have premature brain loss. Evidence suggests that FMS patients may be associated with Central Nervous System (CNS) dysfunction.

In the study of 10 healthy subjects, and 10 FMS patients, the age associated decrease in brain matter was 3.3 times greater in the FMS patients. That is equivalent to 9.5 times greater brain matter loss annually for FMS patients than the control group of healthy patients.

The researchers feel that the test results indicate that there is strong evidence linking CNS dysfunction with FMS.

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