Participants performed tasks such as writing, turning over cards, placing a pin, stacking checkers, and picking things up. The fibromyalgia group was slower with both hands than healthy people in the control group.
Participants were selected in part because they didn't have fibromyalgia symptoms in their arms and hands, so researchers concluded that the deficits result from an underlying central mechanism that alters motor control.
I know my hands don't work like they did before fibromyalgia. I drop pills all the time. I have trouble separating papers. Threading a needle has become an exercise in patience on good days, and an exercise in futility on not-so-good ones.
Fibromyalgia is linked to dysregulation of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which causes movement problems if it's out of balance in the movement centers of the brain. So far, we don't know whether our dysregulation includes those areas, but my own belief is that it does. Time will tell.
Do you have problems with your hands, or coordination overall? What is hard for you? Leave your comments below!