(91outcomes.com - Oct. 17, 2013) - New medical research from Austria suggests functional changes in the brain at the brainstem level in fibromyalgia, a disease characterized by chronic widespread pain and an array of additional potential symptoms.
The brainstem regulates the central nervous system, including heart rate, breathing, sleep, digestion, pain sensation, and temperature regulation. The brainstem includes the midbrain, medulla oblongata, and the pons.
Fibromyalgia is a "presumptive" condition for the purposes of VA service-connected disability claims.for veterans with Persian Gulf War service (between Aug. 2, 1990 and the present).
See the journal article abstract here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24064248