Friday, April 26, 2013

New study aiming for a bloodspot diagnostic test of fibromyalgia

New study aiming for a bloodspot diagnostic test of fibromyalgia

"A recent study published in Analyst, first published online 04 Apr 2013, investigated a potential bloodspot diagnostic test for fibromyalgia and to differentiate the condition from other pain conditions such as osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It is a rapid biomarker-based method using using mid-infrared microspectroscopy (IRMS) to identify molecular species associated with the spectral patterns of each condition in the study. It is a fascinating avenue for future research and for comparative analysis between FM and other pain conditions."

This study is quite interesting in its comparison to other pain conditions such as OA and RA which can yield more information about FM but also show how it is distinct.  The previous blood test that came on the market so quickly after the study that suggested FM was criticized for not doing further research to compare findings to other pain conditions since its basis could have been found in other conditions... so I like that this one compares other conditions it its analysis. And if they can find specific indications that can be tested via a blood test that is good news for us all. I suspect the very search to find what makes this syndrome unique enough for a blood test will could inform researchers a great deal about the nature of the condition... so all the power to them. And for us, to have a definitive blood test... well that would mean other researchers would be unable to deny FM, which means finally more effort can be put into research rather than skepticism and maybe some of the stigma will finally diminish. One can hope. So go forth and conquer researchers. We may not need this sort of diagnostic tool... but it would certainly be a damn good thing... think of the misdiagnosis that goes on, think of the early treatment opportunities, think of the decreased stigma.
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