Health — 10 August 2013

By Pat Anson, Editor

Nearly half of the fibromyalgia patients in a small study were found to have damaged nerve fibers in their skin, according to researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital. The findings, published in the journal Pain, could lead to better treatment for patients who have the chronic pain disorder.

Researchers followed 27 adult fibromyalgia patients and 30 healthy subjects. In addition to nerve damage, they found signs of a disease known as small-fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN) in some of the fibromyalgia patients. Fibromyalgia has no known cause, but SFPN is caused by medical conditions such as diabetes and glucose intolerance. It is often treated with anti-depressants, anticonvulsants or opioid painkillers.

“This provides some of the first objective evidence of a mechanism behind some cases of fibromyalgia, and identifying an underlying cause is the first step towards finding better treatments,”  lead author Anne Lousie Oaklander, director of the Nerve Injury Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Read more at National Pain Report.


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Pat Anson, Editor

Pat is Editor in Chief of American News Report. He is a veteran journalist and a former correspondent and producer for HealthWeek (PBS), Nightly Business Report (PBS) and other nationally syndicated shows. Pat has won numerous journalism awards, including a Golden Mike award for investigative reporting.

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