Researchers at Ohio State University identify potential test for fibromyalgia

Diagnosis is difficult

By Frank McGeorge - Reporter, Kayla Clarke

COLUMBUS, Oh. - At least 4 million Americans are dealing with the daily pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia.

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The condition can be hard to diagnose and hard to treat, but there's been a breakthrough that could make it a little easier.

The challenge is that traditional lab tests can't identify fibromyalgia, but researchers have finally developed a test with the potential to give fibromyalgia patients some concrete answers and long-awaited relief

After experiencing unexplained, full-body pain Barb Hartong was dianogsed with fibromyalgia.

"It was almost a relief because I finally knew what was wrong with me," she said.

Researchers at Ohio State University have identified a potential test to diagnose fibromyalgia with just a few drops of blood. It uses an infrared fingerprinting technique to distinguish fibromyalgia from other chronic pain conditions.

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