Within the last few months, two studies have shown there may be a blood test for fibromyalgia, and a small study suggests that small fiber neuropathy may play a role. Other studies include the relationship of myofascial pain syndrome and other comorbid disorders in fibromyalgia. There are studies suggesting a connection of fibromyalgia to autoimmune thyroiditis, skin circulation problems, insulin resistance as a cause of cognitive disturbance, mitochondrial dysfunction, cellular oxidative stress, abnormalities in the immune system, and a variety of treatment modalities. It is possible that the varying research may all be connected.
There is still some research suggesting that fibromyalgia is a polysymptomatic disorder of a psychological nature. Those studies are considered by some to be skewed by research methodology. Regardless, when a blood test does become available, and the research is repeated, it will provide us with a clear-cut study population, which will decrease the risk of tainted results.
The good news is that varying theories and investigations get the scientific community excited, which only benefits the patient population.
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