OMG! No, seriously, Oh my goodness! The reason I call this an “invisible disease”, is because there is no blood test or scan that can show its presence in a body. Its not like Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, or any other life long illness that can be shown in Black & White on a test result. Therefore, many people around the patient don’t “buy into it.” They see that we look healthy, and think maybe we are faking it, over exaggerating, or even just being lazy. It’s a stigma that has only been fed into by a inconsistency in diagnosing throughout the country.
A new study was recently released that offers a possibility for a new diagnostic tool for people who may have Fibromyalgia. See, for years the way a person has been diagnosed was to have his/her doctor search for “tender points”, compile a list of symptoms, and test if FDA approved Medications help relieve pain. To no surprise, this is am extremely unreliable and insufficient way of diagnosing an illness of any kind. But, this is all there has been for a very long time. It’s lead to a lack of consistency of diagnoses, and an overwhelming number of misdiagnoses. So, many people who have Lupus, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or even Lyme disease, have been given what has become a catch-all diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. The obvious danger in that, is those people go without proper treatment for an extended period of time. SCARY!
This is an amazing study, and I for one am hopeful of it’s potential to save future “Fibros” like me the pain and heartache of undergoing unnecessary tests over years of their lives. (Not to mention being treated like a hypochondriac!)
Please take a moment to check it out: New Research- Possible FM Diagnostic Blood Test?