Why is that important? It supports the theory of central sensitization, which is believed present in both FMS and ME/CFS - meaning that we have major differences in how our central nervous systems process not just pain, but all kinds of things. That helps us understand the condition better and may help broaden the view of our doctors. Of course, a huge part of our treatment has to be pain management - if we can't get on top of that, it's hard to make any progress at all - but doctors need to look beyond pain to the other array of symptoms we have so they can help us manage this more effectively. Also, if we're more aware of it, we can use that information to make better choices about our environment.
If you look at our symptoms, central sensitivity explains a lot. We tend to be sensitive to medications, changes in diet, temperature fluctuations, chemicals … just about everything to which the human body can be sensitive.
Personally, this study doesn't surprise me one bit. When I was still able to work full time, I had to drop my kids off at daycare a few days a week. Some mornings, especially during flare-ups, I'd open that door and the noise would hit me in the face like a physical blow. My pain would instantly escalate, and sometimes I'd just about panic and want to run away. By the time the kids were both settled in and I was back in the car, I'd be shaking, aching and sick to my stomach.
Does noise do this to you? What other stimuli sends your symptoms through the roof? What have you found that helps you deal with it better? I'd love to see your comments here or in About.com's Fibromyalgia & ME/CFS Forum.