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A new study from Turkey published in Clinical Rheumatology (Dec, 2010) explores the possibility of a link between H. pylori infection and fibromyalgia.
Scientists have long thought that infection could be the precipitating cause of fibromyalgia, but have been unable to find any definitive proof for this theory. In the study from Turkey mentioned above, 65 women with fibromyalgia and 41 randomly selected participants were tested for H. pylori infection. The fibromyalgia group was found to have a higher number of serum-positive patients in comparison to the control group. This led the researchers to speculate that infection with H. pylori may cause fibromyalgia in some patients. However, they also mention that a large number of people have H. pylori and are unaffected/asymptomatic. More research in this area is obviously needed to confirm or deny a link between the two conditions.
The study is interesting in that, once again, scientists are looking at infection as a possible cause of fibromyalgia. Some patients do report infection as a possible triggering event for fibromyalgia. Some infections that have been linked to the development of fibromyalgia include mononucleosis, infection with the Epstein-Barr virus, Lyme disease and others.
What do you think? Do you think that your condition may have been caused by a virus? Chime in and let us know if you believe that fibromyalgia can be related to an infection and, if so, which one? For anyone interested in the study mentioned here, I have included the link below.
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Fibromyalgia is a prevalent condition that affects many people in the United States. Approximately 3.7 million Americans have Fibromyalgia. That is 1 in every 73 people.
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