A few drops of blood can correctly diagnose the illness and it also uses a fingerprint technology which can distinguish fibromyalgia from other chronic pain conditions with nearly 100-percent accuracy.
Fibromyalgia is a widespread and common chronic pain that affects 10 million people in the US, and globally 3-6 percent of people are affected by it, particularly women. It is also one of the misunderstood and misdiagnosed disorders which has no cure for it at the moment. However, this could all change. CBS reports that there is a test which could help clarify the confusion surrounding the disorder. Most patients continue to live with the pain or receive ineffective treatment. Dr. Kevin Hackshaw from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center said, "Many of the patients with chronic opiate use turn out to have underlying fibromyalgia. So in fact, if that was recognized then we could realize that we can stem the tide of treating them inappropriately with opiates."
Researchers have discovered a way to diagnose fibromyalgia with a blood test. Dr. Luis Rodriguez-Saona elaborated on this potential new test. She said, "We use infrared in many companies to determine protein, fat, moisture, starch levels, fiber in seconds." The test is believed to "analyze levels of chemicals in the blood the same way it analyzes molecules in food. It also uses a fingerprint technology which can distinguish fibromyalgia from other chronic pain conditions with nearly 100-percent accuracy." This is some seriously groundbreaking research. People suffering from it can finally heave a sigh of relief and be finally be diagnosed correctly.
Dr. Hacksaw said, "A test like this provides confirmation and validation of the symptoms they’ve been suffering for years." Researchers are now looking at taking their lab results into the real world so as to enable doctors to diagnose patients with fibromyalgia immediately. This will in turn help researchers find a new treatment for the disorder.
According to Mayo Clinic, previously, doctors would check 18 specific points on a person's body to see how many of them were painful when pressed firmly. There are newer guidelines that don't require this method anymore. If someone complained of widespread pain for more than three months with no underlying medical condition that could cause the pain, then doctors may make a fibromyalgia diagnosis.
Because there is no known cure or treatment for fibromyalgia, doctors often prescribe medication and self-care. This is so done to lessen the pain and improve general health. The treatment for fibromyalgia is not a "one size fits all" approach. It varies from individual to individual. Usually, a combination of over-the-counter medications is given.
These include pain relievers, antidepressants, and anti-seizure drugs. Your doctor may prescribe some painkillers to help with the chronic pain that usually accompanies fibromyalgia. Anti-depressants are usually prescribed because it may help ease the pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia. It also helps with promoting sleep. Also, medications designed to treat epilepsy are often useful in reducing certain types of pain, which is why certain anti-seizure drugs are sometimes prescribed.
Patients can also opt for a number of therapies. For instance, physical exercise to help you with your strength, flexibility, and stamina. Water-based exercises are also helpful. Consulting an occupational therapist can do wonders as well. Additionally, you can even opt for counseling to deal with stressful situations and arm yourself with the necessary strategies to deal with it.
Self-care is crucial when dealing with fibromyalgia. Make small and healthy lifestyle changes like cutting down on your coffee and eating nutritious food. Ensure you get a well-rested sleep, and try and be as stress-free as possible.