Unique fibromyalgia brain signature could eventually lead to easier diagnosis
Last year, University of Colorado Boulder (UCB) researchers found a brain signature that identifies fibromyalgia with 93 percent accuracy. Yep, you read that right! 93 percent! Isn’t that fantastic news?
UCB researchers published their study in the journal PAIN, and while it didn’t receive a huge amount of press coverage, it definitely made my list of 2016’s top fibromyalgia stories because of its possible implications for the fibro community. If the study’s findings can be adequately duplicated, it could potentially lead to a diagnostic tool for fibromyalgia.
I recently reached out to lead researcher Marina López-Sola, PhD, to talk about what’s next in her work on fibromyalgia. I learned she will be moving to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, University of Cincinnati, later this month to set up her own research lab.
“My plan there is basically to understand whether the same or similar [brain] alterations as the ones observed in adult women with fibromyalgia are already present in the adolescent brain of women with juvenile forms of fibromyalgia and other related disorders,” said López-Sola, “and to continue to understand the nature of the multisensory and pain-related brain functional abnormalities in chronic pain and their implications when navigating the real world and its impact [on] one’s sense of self.”