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    Default Many Fibromyalgia Patients Have Small-Fiber Polyneuropathy

    Daniel M. Keller PhD
    18 October 2012

    In a small study of patients labeled as having fibromyalgia, almost half actually had small-fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN), a potentially treatable condition.

    Therefore, it is important that patients considered to have fibromyalgia be tested for SFPN, Anne Louise Oaklander, MD, PhD, associate in neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues reported here at the American Neurological Association (ANA) 137th Annual Meeting.

    "Fibromyalgia is such a common and expensive health care problem and although most people are aware of its existence now, it has no associated pathology with it," she explained. "So it's not a diagnosis in the true sense of the word, and that leaves patients frustrated and unable to gain real traction towards a cure."
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    Yes, I realize any research will go toward drugs, however I found this very very interesting. Even though a small study, 40% is huge.

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