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The recently much talked about fibromyalgia blood test is back in the news again. Pro Health say that The FM/a® Test is making a huge impact on the way fibromyalgia is diagnosed, and now it is being used for very important research.  In April of 2017, “Breaking News” included information relative to this announcement.

Under contract with researchers from both UCLA and the University of Illinois College of Medicine Chicago, Campaign 250 will conduct Whole-Exome genetic testing on up to 250,000 patients who have received a positive FM/a® fibromyalgia diagnosis…

Based upon the findings of this testing and once treatment protocols have received regulatory and institutional approvals, FM/a® Test positive patients will be invited to participate in a fibromyalgia-specific vaccine clinical trial to reverse the biology of fibromyalgia…

Professor Denise Faustman, specialist in immunology who is affiliated with Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, was a lead researcher in the vaccine study for diabetes and she will lead the vaccine study for fibromyalgia. The only qualification to participate in this exciting research is to have tested positive with the FM/a Test.

“FM/a® is a multi-biomarker-based test which concerns immune system white blood chemokine and cytokine patterns. Patients with fibromyalgia have a significantly dysregulated pattern regarding these proteins.”

She will be a participant in the genome study and will be enrolled in the vaccine trial. If you would like to join the study then check out this video link for more details.

The test collects plasma and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) in a small sample of your blood. It tests the concentration of cytokines within your blood sample. … Abnormal levels of cytokines have been linked to being a trait in people with fibromyalgia.

Significantly lower levels of cytokines may be an indicator of fibromyalgia. Abnormal levels of cytokines have been linked to being a trait in people with fibromyalgia. Because of this link, researchers are hoping that the FM/a test may prove to be a way to more definitively diagnosis fibromyalgia.


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A recent article in Fibromyalgia Treating says that a blood test that was developed by  Australian researchers called “painHS” can identify color changes in immune cells affected by pain. The blood test for chronic pain instantly informs doctors administering the test to the severity of their patient’s pain.

PainHS was developed by a team of researchers led by neuroscientists Professor Mark Hutchinson will present the findings at a meeting of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. This is the same team that came up with the “painSEQ” and “painCELL” blood tests. While those tests were accurate, they take a couple of days to produce results. The “painHS” test is instantaneous, which is a huge advantage.

Professor Hutchinson explains that “We’ve now discovered that we can use the natural colour of biology to predict the severity of pain. What we’ve found is that persistent chronic pain has a different natural colour in immune cells than in a situation where there isn’t persistent pain.”

The hope is that the test will lead to new and better treatments for people with chronic pain, and it will also be useful for patients who are unable to report their pain, such as babies or people with dementia who have lost the ability to speak. It can also revolutionize the treatment of animals. “Animals can’t tell us if they’re in pain but here we have a Dr Doolittle type test that enables us to ‘talk’ to the animals so we can find out if they are experiencing pain and then we can help them,” said Dr. Hutchinson.

This amazing new blood test could be a revolution in the treatment and diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and other related chronic pain conditions. For many that have not been taken seriously, this could be a lifeline to the right treatment and medication for their pain. Thank you very much Professor Mark Hutchinson is all I can say.

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According to Healthline, there are things you need to know about the Fibromyalga blood test.

Diagnosis, as we all know, can be a lengthy process of ruling out other diseases and medical conditions. This process could even take years for some people. In the past, fibromyalgia hasn’t had a specific diagnostic test.

Blood tests have been used in the past but primarily to rule out other conditions like :_

  • ypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  • polymyalgia rheumatica (aching and stiffness across the whole body)
  • rheumatoid arthritis (RA) (an autoimmune inflammatory disease that affects joints and organs)
  • lupus (an autoimmune inflammatory disease that affects the kidneys, brain, blood cells, heart, lungs, and sometimes joints)

other conditions a blood test can rule out are :-

  • Complete blood count. This test includes a count of your red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. It also tests the amount of hemoglobin in your blood.
  • Thyroid hormone tests. These tests measure how well your thyroid is working and can help your doctor diagnose hypothyroidism.
  • Antinuclear antibody (ANA) test. This test determines if you have these types of antibodies and can help your doctor diagnose RA.
  • C-Reactive protein test. This test looks for a substance produced by the liver that is a marker for inflammation.
  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate test. This test examines how quickly red blood cells settle in the bottom of a test tube. It can help your doctor diagnose polymyalgia rheumatica.

If these tests are negative for these similar conditions, then your doctor will start looking more at a possible fibromyalgia diagnosis.


There have been some promising studies on the possible diagnostic blood test for fibromyalgia. It’s called an FM/a test. The test collects plasma and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) in a small sample of your blood. It tests the concentration of cytokines within your blood sample.

Significantly lower levels of cytokines may be an indicator of fibromyalgia. Abnormal levels of cytokines have been linked to being a trait in people with fibromyalgia. Because of this link, researchers are hoping that the FM/a test may prove to be a way to more definitively diagnosis fibromyalgia.

The research that has been done up to this point does show promise that the FM/a test may be able to diagnose fibromyalgia. However, more clinical trials need to be done before this test will be fully recognized as a diagnostic tool for fibromyalgia.

The FM/a test is still new and subject to research. Many doctors may not use it yet, and insurance companies most likely will not cover the cost. However, even with the FM/a test, it’s likely that your doctor will still use the current diagnostic criteria as confirmation.

Unfortunately,  this test is only available in the USA and even now five years on from when it was first used the diagnosis it is still not 100% accurate. According to the NHS 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.

The UK criteria for diagnosing Fibromyalgia are :-

  • you either have severe pain in three to six different areas of your body, or you have milder pain in seven or more different areas
  • your symptoms have stayed at a similar level for at least three months
  • no other reason for your symptoms has been found

The extent of the pain used to be assessed by applying gentle pressure to certain “tender points”, where any pain is likely to be at its worst. However, this is less common nowadays.

With so many more people being diagnosed with this condition daily and a stigma still attached to it by some medical practitioners I guess it’s just a case of hoping that a more accurate blood test can soon be available to everyone worldwide and not just in the USA.


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