Signature in the brain helps diagnose fibromyalgia

Published by Eugène Mathijssen on 17 Jan 2018

Fibromyalgia is a disease that is difficult to diagnose and treat. The symptoms correspond to many other chronic conditions. There are also medical professionals who think fibromyalgia does not even exist. Scientists have now discovered a “signature” in the brain, which determines the presence of this disease with 93 percent confidence.fibromyalgia brains

Neurological patterns

Fibromyalgia is accompanied by chronic pain and stiffness spread throughout the body. Other symptoms include fatigue, anxiety, mood disorders and a bad night’s sleep. Many specialists do not recognize this condition or even deny its existence. Scientists from the Universities of Colorado, Barcelona and Melbourne have now discovered neurological patterns in the brain that are associated with the hypersensitivity to pain in patients with fibromyalgia.

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One of the researchers’ images depicting the areas where people with fibromyalgia show a different pattern. Source: see below (full article is available with the editors).

Efficient treatment

According to the researchers, this is a useful discovery because fibromyalgia can now be considered a brain disorder.

“This” signature “in the brain can help us recognize this condition in order to better and more efficiently treat fibromyalgia”

according to researcher Marina López-Solà.


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