Why hasn’t anyone found a blood test, or x-ray to diagnose fibromyalgia. I am so tired of people telling me I don’t look sick and that there is nothing really wrong with me.
- First, the symptoms of fibromyalgia are very real. Research has shown that people with FM have pain amplification in the brain. You are right you can’t tell someone, “Hey look inside my head at my brain, it isn’t functioning right!” But you can ask them to read the following article where researchers used functional MRIs (fMRI), to measure changes in blood flow within the brain that occur with brain activity. In people with fibromyalgia they have captured images of the brain “over reacting” to a simple light squeeze to a person’s thumb nail. They can actually see our pain!
One other thing to remember…there are hundreds of illnesses that exist, but do not have a blood test or X-ray that can be performed to help with a diagnosis. FM is just one of them.
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I think it is really important to be screened for small fiber neuropathy. It is a small 3 mm punch biopsy.