New research from Massachusetts General Hospital shows that about 40% of patients with fibromyalgia have abnormal skin biopsies that show small fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN). Several other research teams published similar data and confirmed these findings. Fibromyalgia shares many symptoms with small fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN), including wide-spread pain, reduced endurance, fuzzy thinking, frequent headaches, and sometimes GI or bladder symptoms.
“These findings suggest that some patients with chronic pain labeled as fibromyalgia have unrecognized SFPN, a distinct disease that can be tested for objectively and sometimes treated definitively” – Dr. Anne Louise Oaklander, Researcher at the MGH Nerve Unit
The Massachusetts CFIDS & FM Association Presents:
Fibromyalgia and Small Fiber Polyneuropathy
Khosro Farhad, MD
Shipley Auditorium in the Bowles Conference Center
November 14, 2015 at 1 PM
Dr. Farhad is a neurologist specializing in peripheral nerve. He is affiliated with the Massachusetts General Hospital Nerve Unit. He provides medical care for patients with fibromyalgia, small fiber polyneuropathy and other neuromuscular disorders. He can test patients for SFPN with a skin biopsy removed from the leg under local anesthesia. A positive test shows degeneration of the small fiber nerves. For patients newly diagnosed with SFPN, potentially treatable causes can be sought from the patient’s medical history and blood tests. The MGH team is conducting research on treatment options. The research suggests that SFPN might possibly be linked to some cases of ME/CFS.
The program will also include an overview of Fibromyalgia from the clinical perspective: presentation, diagnosis and treatments.
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Online registration will close at midnight Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. Walk-ins are always welcome.
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