The Link Between Fibromyalgia and Small Nerve Fiber Neuropathy
The concept of pain without any obvious cause is what fibro sufferers are familiar with. Recent studies suggest that nerve damage may play a bigger role in fibromyalgia.
Two separate studies conducted in 2013 and 2015 found evidence of a condition known as small nerve fiber neuropathy (SFN) in fibromyalgia participants. SFN is also a pain disorder and shows similar symptoms to fibromyalgia such as pain, burning sensations and tenderness in the hands and feet. In SFN, patients exhibit impaired small nerve fiber function resulting in increased pain. These studies suggest that the root of fibromyalgia pain may actually be neuropathic for some.
A simple test, known as punch biopsy, can be done to determine if you have small nerve fiber neuropathy. Consider taking this test if you are suffering from fibromyalgia. It can mean discovering treatment options for your condition. If you want to do a punch biopsy, speak to your doctor to get referred to a dermatologist for the biopsy.