In the past, many fibromyalgia patients have struggled to get the relief that they need simply because they struggle to get a good diagnosis in the first place. According to ABC News, many people with the condition search for 3-5 years to find doctors who will take them seriously.
If you have fibromyalgia you may have experienced this problem for yourself. It’s an invisible condition, so it is easy for many health professionals to dismiss the problem as mere hypochondria.
But all of that is changing thanks to Dr. Bruce Gillis of EpiGenetics in Santa Monica.
Gillis has developed the FM Test, and he says it is the very first blood test to diagnose fibromyalgia.
In the lab, he measures blood markers found in the immune system. White blood cells produce numerous special proteins, but when you have fibromyalgia, research shows you have less production of two certain types.
“We were struck by the fact that they were not producing these proteins, called chemokines and cytokines, in normal quantities,” said Gillis.
In a study of 110 patients with a fibromyalgia diagnosis, the test was positive in 93% of the cases. Gillis says a lack of proteins suppresses the immune system, which may explain why patients are vulnerable to all kinds of stress.
Hopefully this will mean that fibromyalgia sufferers get better outcomes in the future. Doctors may start giving better pain management advice much sooner, for example. We can certainly hope that this will be the case! ABC also reported that the test was facing some opposition, so it will be interesting to see how things continue to play out in the medical field.