Fibromyalgia: More evidence of links to immune system

  • There are currently no effective treatments for fibromyalgia, a chronic condition that causes widespread pain, sleep problems, fatigue, and emotional distress.
  • The underlying cause has remained a mystery, although some research has hinted at the involvement of the immune system.
  • A study has now found that antibodies from people with fibromyalgia induce symptoms of the disease in mice, which strongly suggests that fibromyalgia is an autoimmune disorder.
  • The discovery could lead to diagnostic blood tests for the disease and more effective treatments.

Written by James Kingsland on July 7, 2021 — Fact checked by Hannah Flynn, MS

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