However, there is a NEW blood test that may predict fibromyalgia that was introduced in October of 2013 at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology. EpicGenetics of Santa Monica, CA calls it the “FM/a” test, and it’s being described as “…objective, very accurate, and definitive.” Because of its high cost ($744) and short track record, it’s currently being used primarily in the difficult-to-diagnose cases. The test works by measuring proteins in the body that lessen pain (which were found to be low in FM patients). Researchers ran this test on 100 lupus patients, 98 RA patients, 160 FM patients and 119 healthy patients and found it positive in 93% of KNOWN FM patients and negative 89% of non-FM patients! Because this was presented at a conference and not yet “peer reviewed” (published in a medical journal), these findings are “preliminary” and must be interpreted with caution.
A simple/FREE “screen” called the “Widespread Pain Index” (“Google” it) contains two main parts: 1) A pain diagram where you can check off the body parts that hurt; 2a) a Symptom Severity Score where you indicate your level of symptom severity over the past week and 2b) where you check off “Other Symptoms” from a list. There is a scoring method that is simple and described on the form that result in two numbers to determine if you meet the “diagnostic criteria.” We recommend starting with this approach. Print off the form, fill it out and score it yourself, bring that into our clinic, and then ask about your specific case. The MOST important part of this process is the third criteria discussed above: ruling out other conditions (we MUST see you!).
Chiropractic is “A MUST” on the management “TEAM” for FM patients, and we’re happy to keep you INFORMED of your diagnostic and treatment options!
If you, a friend or family member requires care for Fibromyalgia, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services!
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