This is a joke, right? No!
The FM/a blood test will put an end to the question, “How do I know if I have fibromyalgia?” In March 2016, the FM/a blood test was FDA approved and is covered by most health insurance. If you need proof, here is your blood test.
The FM/a blood test looks for fibromyalgia by finding specific abnormalities only in the white blood cells. The protein molecules called the chemokines and cytokines which are produced by the white blood cells are abnormally low in those who have fibromyalgia.
The genetic testing has not been approved by health insurances yet, the cost runs around $750. These genetic tests look for biomarkers specific to fibromyalgia in the white blood cells. Critics claim these same blood markers can be seen in lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, not true. Doctors can see the inflammation in the markers for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. The biomarkers specific to fibromyalgia show no inflammation, just the abnormalities. These abnormal biomarkers are what creates impaired immune systems in fibromyalgia patients.
There are two major players currently in this game of answering our questions about fibromyalgia. How, when, why, and is there an actual genetic marker for fibromyalgia? Bruce Gillis, CEO of Epic Genetics and Dr. Denise Faustmen who leads laboratory clinical trials and testing in Massachusetts, find the FM/a blood test to run true in 99% of all fibromyalgia sufferers. As for the possibility of a genetic marker, there is a good possibility but it has not yet been identified, as the writing of this post.
EpicGenetics is currently looking at the vaccine that is currently used for tuberculosis to correct the abnormalities found in the immune system of individuals who are positively diagnosed with fibromyalgia. They are also attempting to find out if there is a gene specific to fibromyalgia proving the suspected hereditary connection between family members that have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
The information I have presented in my post and additional referenced stories can be found in Fibromyalgia News Today.
The future is getting brighter!