What is the role of hypervigilance in the etiology of fibromyalgia?

Updated: Nov 14, 2018
  • Author: Chad S Boomershine, MD, PhD, CPI, CPT; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Certain data support a hypervigilance model of pain in patients with fibromyalgia. [65] Heightened sensitivity to pain leads at least in part to increased attention to external stimuli and a preoccupation with pain sensations. Thus, pain is amplified by hypervigilance to pain. Patients with fibromyalgia may become what they perceive themselves to be.


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