It’s a chronic pain condition that affects millions of Americans, but fibromyalgia is poorly understood and often misdiagnosed.
CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez reports there’s a new test that could finally clear up some of that confusion.
After experiencing unexplained, full-body pain, Barb Hartong was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
“It was almost a relief because I finally knew what was wrong with me,” Hartong said.
Experts estimate about 75 percent of fibromyalgia cases are undiagnosed, while others live with pain for years, often receiving treatment that’s ineffective or even harmful.
“Many of the patients with chronic opiate use turn out to have underlying fibromyalgia. So in fact, if that was recognized then we could realize that we can stem the tide of treating them inappropriately with opiates,” Dr. Kevin Hackshaw from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Now, researchers have identified a potential test to diagnose fibromyalgia with just a few drops of blood.