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The immune system may be compromised in FMS sufferers. Natural Killer (NK) cells seek out and destroy foreign invaders in our bodies. When FMS patients' NK cells were tested by I. Jon Russell, M.D., they were found to be in normal amounts, but their activity was low. Researchers do not know why this is so, but serotonin may influence the activity of these NK cells. A high incidence of immune-reactive proteins have been found in the skin of FMS patients. These are not normally seen in a healthy person's skin. In other words, proteins are leaking through the blood vessel walls and accumulating in surrounding tissues, which often occurs in conditions that have an immunologic component. (Source: Taking Charge of Fibromyalgia, by Julie Kelly, M.S., R.N., and Rosalie Devonshire, M.S.W.)

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