Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Diagnostic Test for Fibromyalgia? Results of Imaging Study

Diagnostic Test for Fibromyalgia? Results of Imaging Study: "A study published in The Journal of Nuclear Medicine provides evidence of abnormal brain activity in fibromyalgia that is visible on a special kind of scan.

The scan, called single photon emission computer tomography (SPECT), showed abnormal blood flow in the brains of people with fibromyalgia - high levels of blood in an area known to deal with pain processing, and low levels in areas believed to deal with emotional response to pain. People who reported more severe fibromyalgia symptoms, based on the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, had greater abnormalities in cranial blood flow.
Significantly, researchers say levels of abnormal blood flow were not linked to anxiety and depression.

This study provides further evidence that fibromyalgia is a physiological disorder and that's it's based on neurological dysfunction. Researchers say the findings could be used in clinical trials to better gauge the effectiveness of treatments. It also could be used to confirm the severity of the illness and may someday lead to an objective diagnosis of fibromyalgia."

The evidence is piling up!

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