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Small-Fiber Polyneuropathy Could Be The Answer Some Fibromyalgia Patients Are Seeking

Sunday 1 April 2018


From National Pain Report:


Fibromyalgia diagnosis

Small-Fiber Polyneuropathy Could be the Answer Some Fibromyalgia Patients are Seeking

By Donna Gregory Burch
March 31, 2018
Copyright 2018 National Pain Report

We’ve all been told fibromyalgia is a diagnosis of exclusion, but how thorough was your doctor in ruling out other conditions that mimic fibromyalgia? I’m sure we were all tested for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, hypothyroidism, anemia and maybe Lyme disease, if we were lucky.

But I bet there’s one test most of our doctors skipped: a skin biopsy for small-fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN). SFPN is a neurological condition that causes chronic widespread pain and affects autonomic functions in the body, such as heart rate, blood pressure and sweating.

Multiple studies have confirmed SFPN is extremely common in fibromyalgia patients.

But Anne Louise Oaklander, associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Nerve Unit, doesn’t think SFPN is just a comorbidity of fibromyalgia; her research suggests SFPN may actually be the cause of fibromyalgia in some patients.


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