According to the American site Medline the new Fibromyalgia blood test is now classed as 99% accurate.
‘A new blood test for fibromyalgia is more accurate than previously thought and not confuse the chronic pain disorder with other diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, according to the doctor who developed the test’.
“We have not seen any overlap between biomarkers in fibromyalgia and patterns of immune system of patients with rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. Really the air of the sails of critics who are out there need, “said Bruce Gillis, MD, founder and CEO of EpicGenetics a biopharmaceutical company based in Santa Monica, CA.
In a new study over 300 patients with fibromyalgia or, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis participated, Gillis said it was found that only patients with fibromyalgia have below normal levels of chemokines and cytokines.“They do not have the same biological markers of the immune system. Not at all, “Gillis said National Pain Report. “The patterns we see in lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, see this inflammatory process. But we do not see the same biomarkers in fibromyalgia. ”Gillis said the investigation is not yet final and waiting for publication in a peer-reviewed medical journal in the coming months.
In recent months, there have been several potential advances in research of fibromyalgia. Researchers at Ohio State are in the early stages of development of other blood tests for fibromyalgia. Using an infrared microscope high power, which have identified a pattern of molecules in the blood appears to be unique to patients with fibromyalgia.Another team of researchers in the state of New York has found that patients with fibromyalgia have excess sensory nerve fibers in blood vessels of the hands, which can disrupt the flow of blood throughout the body.
These details were published on the 19th October 2016.
This blood test does not appear to be available on the NHS although on their website it does state that your GP will probably take a blood test but that is to rule out other conditions that could be causing your symptoms. These conditions may include:
- chronic fatigue syndrome (also known as ME) – a condition that causes long-term tiredness
- rheumatoid arthritis – a condition that causes pain and swelling in the joints
- multiple sclerosis (MS) – a condition of the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) that affects movement and balance
Tests to check for some of these conditions include urine and blood tests, although you may also have X-rays and other scans. If you’re found to have another condition, you could still have fibromyalgia as well.
Hopefully in the not to distant future there will be a simple blood test to show if you have this condition, as there still seems to be a lot of stigma attached to the disease.