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Diagnostic tests for fibromyalgia

Serge Perrot, Mariana Peixoto, Philippe Dieudé, Eric Hachulla, Jerome Avouac, Sebastien Ottaviani, Yannick Allanore
OBJECTIVES: Fibromyalgia (FM) may occur with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic sclerosis (SSc), and debate remains about its diagnosis. We aimed to use three FM tools (a screening tool (FiRST), diagnostic criteria (ACR 1990 and revised 2010), to compare FM prevalence between RA and SSc patients, to describe the phenotypes of patients with comorbid FM, and to analyze links between FM and secondary Sjögren's syndrome (SS). METHODS: Consecutive adult patients with confirmed RA or SSc from four university hospitals were tested with the three FM tools...
February 8, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
José V Pardo, Joel T Lee, Robert C Larson, Paul Thuras, Alice A Larson
Increasing recognition of the importance of brown adipose tissue (BAT) motivates the development of reproducible and quantitative methods for measuring it. Positron emission tomography (PET)/computerized tomography (CT) with (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) has become the principal method to non-invasively detect brown adipose tissue (BAT) in humans. Improvements in quantitation and standardization will drive further clinical application. One disorder hypothesized to involve dysregulation in thermoregulation and the processing of pain involving BAT is fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS)...
2017: American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Winfried Häuser, Jacob Ablin, Serge Perrot, Mary-Ann Fitzcharles
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a prevalent and costly condition worldwide, affecting approximately 2% of the general population. Recent evidence- and consensus‑based guidelines from Canada, Germany, Israel, and the European League Against Rheumatism aim to support physicians in achieving a comprehensive diagnostic workup of patients with chronic widespread (generalized) pain (CWP) and to assist patients and physicians in shared decision making on treament options. Every patient with CWP requires, at the first medical evaluation, a complete history, medical examination, and some laboratory tests (complete blood count, measurement of C‑reactive protein, serum calcium, creatine phosphokinase, thyroid‑stimulating hormone, and 25‑hydroxyvitamin D levels) to screen for metabolic or inflammatory causes of CWP...
January 4, 2017: Polskie Archiwum Medycyny Wewnętrznej
Md Abu Bakar Siddiq, Md Shawkat Hossain, Mohammad Moin Uddin, Israt Jahan, Moshiur Rahman Khasru, Neaz Mahmud Haider, Johannes J Rasker
AIMS: To describe a series of piriformis syndrome patient among Bangladesh people with literature review. METHODS: Consecutive 31 piriformis syndrome patients were enrolled. Besides history and clinical examination, piriformis muscle thickness was also measured with diagnostic ultrasound (3.5 MHZ). MRI of lumbar spine, X-rays of lumbo-sacral spine, and pelvis were performed in all patients. Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), Windows 8.0, was used for statistical calculation, and univariate analysis of primary data was done...
February 2017: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
Michél Rathbone, William Parkinson, Yasir Rehman, Shucui Jiang, Mohit Bhandari, Dinesh Kumbhare
OBJECTIVES AND METHODS: A systematic review and meta-analysis were performed to estimate the size and variability of the association between chronic pain (CP) and poorer cognitive test performances as a function of individual tests, pain sub-types, and study sources on 22 studies having (1) a control group, (2) reported means and standard deviations (SDs) and (3) tests studied at least 3 times. RESULTS: CP patients performed significantly poorer with small to moderate effects (d = -...
August 2016: British Journal of Pain
L B Campi, P C Jordani, H L Tenan, C M Camparis, D A G Gonçalves
The objective was to investigate the presence of cutaneous allodynia and hyperalgesia in the trigeminal and extra-trigeminal areas, as a surrogate for central sensitization (CS), in women with a painful temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and without other painful conditions. Painful TMDs, depression, and non-specific physical symptoms (NSPS) were classified according to the Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders (RDC/TMD). The amount of pain in the trigeminal and extra-trigeminal areas was determined using a visual analogue scale (0-100mm) after the application of a vibrotactile stimulus and assessment of the pressure pain threshold (PPT)...
January 2017: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
George A Kelley, Kristi S Kelley
AIM: To determine whether evidential value exists that exercise reduces depression in adults with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions. METHODS: Utilizing data derived from a prior meta-analysis of 29 randomized controlled trials comprising 2449 participants (1470 exercise, 979 control) with fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus, a new method, P-curve, was utilized to assess for evidentiary worth as well as dismiss the possibility of discriminating reporting of statistically significant results regarding exercise and depression in adults with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions...
July 12, 2016: World Journal of Rheumatology
Helen J Burgess, Margaret Park, Jason C Ong, Najia Shakoor, David A Williams, John Burns
OBJECTIVE: To test the feasibility, acceptability, and effects of a home-based morning versus evening bright light treatment on function and pain sensitivity in women with fibromyalgia. DESIGN: A single blind randomized study with two treatment arms: 6 days of a 1 hour morning light treatment or 6 days of a 1 hour evening light treatment. Function, pain sensitivity, and circadian timing were assessed before and after treatment. SETTING: Participants slept at home, except for two nights in Sleep Center...
July 29, 2016: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Kim D Jones, Terri Gelbart, Thomas C Whisenant, Jill Waalen, Tony S Mondala, David N Iklé, Daniel R Salomon, Robert M Bennett, Sunil M Kurian
OBJECTIVES: Fibromyalgia (FM) is a common pain disorder characterized by nociceptive dysregulation. The basic biology of FM is poorly understood. Herein we have used agnostic gene expression as a potential probe for informing its underlying biology and the development of a proof-of-concept diagnostic gene expression signature. METHODS: We analyzed RNA expression in 70 FM patients and 70 healthy controls. The isolated RNA was amplified and hybridized to Affymetrix® Human Gene 1...
March 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
J van Vliet, A Verrips, A A Tieleman, H Scheffer, H A Cats, A A den Broeder, B G M van Engelen
Myotonic dystrophy type 2 (DM2) is a rare, autosomal dominant, multisystem disorder with proximal weakness, myotonia, pain and cataract as important symptoms. Given the assumed underreporting of DM2 in the Netherlands combined with the predominant role of pain in DM2 as well as in fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), we hypothesized there will be an excess prevalence of DM2 in patients with (suspected) FMS. Our objective was to determine the prevalence of DM2 in patients with suspected FMS. A prevalence of 2% was considered a relevant excess frequency...
June 2016: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
Daniel J Wallace, Stuart L Silverman, John Conklin, Derren Barken, Thierry Dervieux
OBJECTIVE: We sought to establish the performance of cell-bound complement activation products (CB-CAPs) as a diagnostic tool to distinguish primary fibromyalgia (FM) from systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: A total of 75 SLE and 75 primary FM adult subjects who fulfilled appropriate classification criteria were enrolled prospectively. CB-CAPs (erythrocyte-C4d (EC4d) and B-lymphocyte-C4d (BC4d)) were determined by flow cytometry. Antinuclear antibodies (ANAs) were determined using indirect immunofluorescence while other autoantibodies were determined by solid-phase assays...
2016: Lupus Science & Medicine
L M Arnold, K B Gebke, E H S Choy
AIMS: Fibromyalgia (FM), a chronic disorder defined by widespread pain, often accompanied by fatigue and sleep disturbance, affects up to one in 20 patients in primary care. Although most patients with FM are managed in primary care, diagnosis and treatment continue to present a challenge, and patients are often referred to specialists. Furthermore, the lack of a clear patient pathway often results in patients being passed from specialist to specialist, exhaustive investigations, prescription of multiple drugs to treat different symptoms, delays in diagnosis, increased disability and increased healthcare resource utilisation...
February 2016: International Journal of Clinical Practice
Ozhan Ozkan, Murat Yildiz, Evren Arslan, Sedat Yildiz, Suleyman Bilgin, Selami Akkus, Hasan R Koyuncuoglu, Etem Koklukaya
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), usually observed commonly in females over age 30, is a rheumatic disease accompanied by extensive chronic pain. In the diagnosis of the disease non-objective psychological tests and physiological tests and laboratory test results are evaluated and clinical experiences stand out. However, these tests are insufficient in differentiating FMS with similar diseases that demonstrate symptoms of extensive pain. Thus, objective tests that would help the diagnosis are needed. This study analyzes the effect of sympathetic skin response (SSR) parameters on the auxiliary tests used in FMS diagnosis, the laboratory tests and physiological tests...
March 2016: Journal of Medical Systems
Suleyman Bilgin, Evren Arslan, Onur Elmas, Sedat Yildiz, Omer H Colak, Gurkan Bilgin, Hasan Rifat Koyuncuoglu, Selami Akkus, Selcuk Comlekci, Etem Koklukaya
BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is identified by widespread musculoskeletal pain, sleep disturbance, nonrestorative sleep, fatigue, morning stiffness and anxiety. Anxiety is very common in Fibromyalgia and generally leads to a misdiagnosis. Self-rated Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) and doctor-rated Hamilton Anxiety Inventory (HAM-A) are frequently used by specialists to determine anxiety that accompanies fibromyalgia. However, these semi-quantitative anxiety tests are still subjective as the tests are scored using doctor-rated or self-rated scales...
December 1, 2015: Computers in Biology and Medicine
J N Ablin, V Aloush, A Brill, M Berman, M Barzilai, D Caspi, M Mandelboim, D Levartovsky, A Polachek, Y Wolman, D Paran, M Barkagan, O Elkayam
The fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is considered to result from the exposure of a genetically susceptible individual to various triggers, such as physical trauma, stress, viral infections etc. A possible role of vaccination in FMS etiology has been suspected. Our objective was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of influenza vaccination in FMS patients. Nineteen FMS patients underwent physical and dolorimetric examinations and answered the fibromyalgia impact questionnaire (FIQ), the widespread pain index (WPI) checklist and the symptoms severity scale (SSS), which are part of the 2010 diagnostic criteria...
September 16, 2015: Reumatismo
Muyesser Nergiz Yanmaz, Sevgi Atar, Mualla Biçer
BACKGROUND: The fibromyalgia survey diagnostic criteria and severity scale (FSDC) is a self-reported version of 2010 preliminary diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). FSDC not only facilitates to diagnose FMS, it measures pain (the Widespread Pain Index (WPI)/FSDC Section 3), the Symptom Severity (SS)/FSDC Sections 1 and 2, and provides a score, polysymptomatic distress (PSD)/FSDC Total score in patients with FMS. The purpose of our study is to evaluate the reliability and validity of Turkish version of FSDC in Turkish patients with FMS...
April 27, 2016: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
Tina Mainka, Christoph Maier, Elena K Enax-Krumova
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review was to provide an update on the diagnostic tools for neuropathic pain for clinical practice. RECENT FINDINGS: The new definition of neuropathic pain by the International Association for the Study of Pain requires confirmation of a lesion or disease affecting the somatosensory system. In addition to traditional diagnostic procedures, for example, nerve conduction studies, skin biopsies depict morphological alteration and/or rarefication of the small intraepidermal nerve fibers and were recently used to identify small fiber abnormalities, for example, in patients with fibromyalgia or sarcoidosis...
October 2015: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
Erkan Kozanoglu, Ilke Coskun Benlidayi, Rabia Eker Akilli, Abdurrahman Tasal
The objective of the present study is to determine whether benign joint hypermobility syndrome (BJHS) modifies the risk of mitral valve prolapse (MVP) in patients with fibromyalgia (FM). Female patients fulfilling the 1990 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) diagnostic criteria for FM were included into the study. Joint hypermobility and BJHS were assessed using Beighton's scoring system and Brighton criteria, respectively. Echocardiograpic evaluation was performed in order to test the presence of MVP. Of the 75 female FM patients, 68...
April 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
Anaïs Lacasse, Mark A Ware, Marc Dorais, Hélène Lanctôt, Manon Choinière
PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the validity of diagnostic codes recorded in the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) administrative database for identifying patients suffering from various types of chronic non-cancer pain. METHODS: The validity of published International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, coding algorithms for identifying patients with particular chronic pain syndromes in the RAMQ database was tested using pain specialist-established diagnostic data of 561 patients enrolled in the Quebec Pain Registry, which was used as the reference standard...
September 2015: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Birol Emir, Elizabeth T Masters, Jack Mardekian, Andrew Clair, Max Kuhn, Stuart L Silverman
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of fibromyalgia (FM), a chronic musculoskeletal condition characterized by widespread pain and a constellation of symptoms, remains challenging and is often delayed. METHODS: Random forest modeling of electronic medical records was used to identify variables that may facilitate earlier FM identification and diagnosis. Subjects aged ≥18 years with two or more listings of the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, (ICD-9) code for FM (ICD-9 729...
2015: Journal of Pain Research
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