New Clues to cause of Fibromyalgia

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Registered: 01-03-2001
New Clues to cause of Fibromyalgia
Thu, 08-22-2013 - 2:43pm

According to Health Day News, there is new information on the cause of Fibromyalgia. "About half of fibromyalgia patients have damage to nerve fibers in their skin and other evidence of a disease called small-fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN), a small new study finds.

Fibromyalgia is characterized by symptoms such as pain and tenderness, fatigue, and sleep and memory problems. The disorder has no known causes and few effective treatments.

The study of 27 fibromyalgia patients found that 13 had evidence of small-fiber polyneuropathy. Unlike fibromyalgia, small-fiber polyneuropathy is known to be caused by specific medical conditions, some of which can be treated and sometimes cured, according to the Massachusetts General Hospital researchers." read more

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Registered: 06-06-2000
Sun, 08-25-2013 - 4:12am

While interesting, that's not really a big enough study to prove anything.  27 people could also have herpes and half could have FM, and that wouldn't mean that FM is caused by herpes, you know?  I really hate it when pseudoscience starts asserting theories as facts after looking at a very small, narrow group of people.  This article doesn't even say which conditions caused the SFPN.  Are these people men or women or both?  How old are they?  Where do they live?  There isn't enough information for this to be meaningful, but at least someone is trying to figure out why I hurt so much everyday.