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Help with Diagnosis and Treatment of Fibromyalgia May Be On the Way

Help with Diagnosis and Treatment of Fibromyalgia May Be On the Way

One of the most frustrating things about fibromyalgia is there isn’t a definitive way to diagnose it.  Without a clear diagnosis, it’s easy for people to be dismissive of individuals suffering with this disease.

And since the actual cause of fibromyalgia and what it is exactly is currently unknown, it can be difficult to unravel which symptoms are directly related to fibromyalgia and which are only indirectly related.

yeah!…researchers have discovered a brain signature that identifies the condition with 93% accuracy…

Historically, fibromyalgia has been difficult to diagnose and treat due to a lack of a well-categorized tissue pathology and symptoms that overlap with other common chronic illnesses.

University of Colorado Boulder researchers used functional MRI scans (fMRI) to study brain activity in a group of 37 fibromyalgia patients and 35 control patients as they were exposed to a variety of non-painful visual, auditory and tactile cues in addition to painful pressure.

The multisensory testing allowed the researchers to identify a series of three sub-markers, or neurological patterns, that correlated with the hypersensitivity to pain that characterizes fibromyalgia.

“The potential for brain measures like the ones we developed here is that they can tell us something about the particular brain abnormalities that drive an individual’s suffering. That can help us both recognize fibromyalgia for what it is – a disorder of the central nervous system – and treat it more effectively.”

If replicated and expanded upon in future studies, the results could eventually provide a neurological road map to brain activity that would inform diagnosis and therapeutic interventions for fibromyalgia.

If this study results in a definitive way to diagnose fibromyalgia, not only does it provide tangible evidence as to what it is and how it affects individuals, it will also save thousands from years of uncertainty and hopefully, pain.

To learn more about this study, click here to visit nationalpainreport.com.

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