Dr. Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen discussed the relationship between fibromyalgia and small fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN) in their syndicated column this week. The fibro/SFPN connection has been getting a lot of attention since the results of a Harvard study released in June seemed to hint at a strong correlation between fibromyalgia patients and small fiber polyneuropathy.
As Drs. Oza and Roizen discuss in their column, SFPN can be definitively diagnosed by a biopsy and is often caused by a wide range of other medical conditions, a good number of which can be treated. This means if some fibro patients actually have SFPN, there is an opportunity to treat and even cure their condition by treating the underlying cause.
On the down side, around half of SFPN cases have no known cause, but the hope is that more awareness will lead to better treatments.
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