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Why Skeptics Question Fibromyalgia as a Real Disease

White blood cells can determine if you have fibromyalgia

Several years ago, research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine determined that the white blood cells of patients with a fibro diagnosis differed from healthy patients who had not. The difference manifests itself in cytokine levels, “The results that were uncovered via our research have finally been able to 'tear back the curtain' and reveal that there is a specific pathway in fibromyalgia – and it defines fibromyalgia as an immunologic medical disorder. This disorder relates to the production of protein molecules called cytokines by a certain type of white blood cell. And the identification of this pathway has created the first objective test capable of making the diagnosis of fibromyalgia” (Gillis).