Washington: Scientists including one of Indian origin found that areas of the brain responsible for pain processing and cognitive performance changed in fibromyalgia patients who exercised following a medication holiday.The researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center said the changes indicate brain functioning is more streamlined after an exercise intervention because less of the brain’s resources are devoted to processing bothersome fibromyalgia perceptions such as pain.They observed a decrease in brain activity in areas responsible for memory and pain control after fibromyalgia patients took part in an exercise regimen.Fibromyalgia is a medical disorder characterized by widespread pain, fatigue, disordered sleep, and cognitive changes.It is regarded as an interoceptive disorder in that it has no apparent cause, said Brian Walitt, M.D. M.P.H., director of the Fibromyalgia Evaluation and Research Centre at Georgetown University Medical Centre and senior study author.“The decreased brain activity we see in the area of cognition suggests that the brain is working more efficiently,” explained Walitt.
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