By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.
Sleep disturbances and severe stress as glial activators: key targets for treating central sensitization in chronic pain patients? Jo Nijs,Marco L. Loggia,Andrea Polli,Maarten Moens,Eva Huysmans,Lisa Goudman, Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets Volume 21, 2017 – Issue 8 .
The interplay between central sensitization (pain originating in the central nervous system) and sleep is the theme of this review. Central sensitization (CS) is present in fibromyalgia as well as many chronic pain diseases including arthritis, headache, migraine, chronic fatigue syndrome, low back pain, cancer pain, chronic shoulder pain, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.
Sleep, of course, can be hard to come by, particularly for people in pain. Pain isn’t the only symptom of central sensitization, however. Central senstization refers to increased sensitivity to all sorts of stimuli including lights, smells, sounds, vibrations, chemicals, even perhaps electrical fields and foods.
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