Specific Test May Help Diagnose Fibromyalgia, Assess Frequency of Muscle Spasms

Specific Test May Help Diagnose Fibromyalgia, Assess Frequency of Muscle Spasms
In a recent study, researchers found that many patients with fibromyalgia experience neuromuscular hyperexcitability (NMH) — characterized by muscle spasms and the inability to control muscle movement — and this can be associated with poor patient outcomes. People with fibromyalgia tend to have widespread pain and tender points in the muscles, tendons, and joints. Fibromyalgia symptoms can lead to a negative overall quality of life in patients. The condition is difficult to diagnose due to its broad spectrum of symptoms and the lack of specific diagnostic tests. Among the possible tests to evaluate fibromyalgia symptoms is electromyography (EMG), which can determine alterations in muscle activity and link them to fibromyalgia muscle pain symptoms. Besides EMG, the ischaemia-hyperpnea test (IHT) can be used to determine NMH more specifically. The study, “Ischemia-hyperpnea test is useful to detect patients with fibromyalgia syndrome,” published in the European Journal of Rheumatology, aimed to determine the frequency of muscle spasms in fibromyalgia patients detected through IHT and evaluate its potential as a diagnostic tool. A total of 145 fibromyalgia patients underwent standard EMG testing to rule out any muscle or nerve damage, and also IHT to assess NMH. Patients were also evaluated for overall quality of life, pain scores, degree of disability, psychological distress, and quality of sleep. According to the IHT results, the patients were divided into three groups: 62.52% of the patients were positive, 22.76% were negative, and 11.72% were borderli
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  1. Sandra says:

    I have not been diagnosed yet but I have muscle spasm .. pain all over my body poor sleep.. have to go to rehumoid arithtis clinis at heatherwood hospital December 9 cannot wait as this condition is getting me get up the pain I am in is horrible.. doctors I feel don’t care. .

    • Tim Bossie says:

      We are truly sorry for the pain and the feeling of helplessness right now. We hope that you get answers from your doctor’s visit and are led to some relief soon.

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