I was just reading some FM news, and read this. I'm not sure if this has been discussed previously but it looked interesting...
(Hopefully its not against the rules to post links to news articles??) If so, I apologize. www.marke***ch.com/story/first-test-to-objectively-diagnose-fibromyalgia-now-available-2013-03-04"New Peer-Reviewed Research Identifies Diagnostic Biomarkers for Fibromyalgia"
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Mar 04, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- A recent peer-reviewed study, published in BMC Clinical Pathology, reveals a medical breakthrough discovering multiple biomarkers based upon highly sensitive and reproducible medical investigations. Conducted by the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago (UIC) and EpicGenetics, a privately-held biomedical company, the research has led to the development of The FM/a(R) Test (www.thefmtest.com), the first test to objectively diagnose fibromyalgia.
Researchers at the UIC Department of Pathology conducted a statistically significant study involving more than 200 patients, comparing those clinically diagnosed with fibromyalgia to healthy patients. The study revealed that patients with fibromyalgia have a dysregulation disorder affecting protein molecules called chemokines and cytokines, produced by white blood cells. While fibromyalgia patients have been classified to be hyperactive (or overactive) responders, the study showed that people with fibromyalgia have immune production patterns which may make them more vulnerable to stress, thereby leading to chronic pain, severe fatigue, diffuse muscle tenderness, insomnia, and other unbearable symptoms long associated with fibromyalgia. Evaluation of The FM Test patient results will provide a continuing database that could lead to further insight into what may cause and exacerbate fibromyalgia and permit the development of standards to determine effective treatments." (continued)