The XMRV Discovery Series
According to the Whittemore Peterson Institute, one of the partners in this research, scientists tested some blood samples from people diagnosed with fibromyalgia and found a high prevalence of XMRV in those samples. However, they point out 2 major short comings of this research:
- The small number of blood samples tested
- The possibility that some of those samples came from people who were misdiagnosed or had undiagnosed comorbid chronic fatigue syndrome
The misdiagnosed/undiagnosed issue is a big one. Right now, both of these conditions are diagnosed based on symptoms, and their symptoms lists are very similar. Most doctors don't understand either condition well and may be unable to distinguish between them. Some doctors also believe fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are really the same condition. Until we have a universal diagnostic test for at least one of these illnesses, we won't have a reliable way to separate test subjects. Once we do have diagnostic tests, it's likely that a lot of us will end up with different diagnoses than we have now.
The researchers behind the XMRV discovery are already moving forward with more research. Until they examine a larger number of people with fibromyalgia, we won't know for sure what this discovery means to fibromites.
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