Fibromyalgia is a common and chronic syndrome that causes bodily pain and mental distress. Symptoms of can be confused with those of arthritis, or joint inflammation. However, unlike arthritis, it has not been found to cause joint or muscle inflammation and damage.
Here are some key points about fibromyalgia:
- Fibromyalgia causes widespread pain, fatigue, and other types of discomfort.
- Symptoms resemble those of arthritis, but fibromyalgia affects the soft tissue, not the joints.
- The cause is unknown, but risk factors include traumatic injury, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune disorders, such as lupus, and genetic factors.
- There is no cure, but medications, exercise, acupuncture, and behavioral therapy can help relieve symptoms and improve sleep quality.
New research shows that scientists have managed to detect fibromyalgia in blood samples and differentiate it from other similar conditions. Moreover, further spectrometry measurements helped accurately predict the participants’ conditions based on their molecular pattern. These findings will soon help develop more targeted treatments for fibromyalgia.