New research has developed linking fibromyalgia and bacteria found in the gut. The latest study shows that there are changes to the bacteria level in the patients. This could be the breakthrough for people suffering from the disease, and their doctors have been waiting for; with future testing, it could provide information on the cause, diagnosing, and even prevention. The connection currently is not precisely clear to what the meaning is, but the future is hopeful from the newfound discovery.1. Fibromyalgia RecapIt is a disease that affects the entire body, although it is a known pain from the musculoskeletal; it can also increase issues in memory, fatigue, mood, and drowsiness. Although there has not been a known cause, the popular belief is that individuals who suffer from the disease have pains sensations that amplify when pain happens; patients describe it as being an achy dull pain. Currently, many individuals suffer for years before a diagnosis even up to 5 years; future research is hoping this can change the present process. With the medical technology of today, there is still no test for the disease to confirm it yet. For a doctor to diagnose, it is usually determined by a specialized doctor known a rheumatologist in which the doctor must make the diagnosis simply based on their symptoms.
2. The Study – Part 1Recent studies have brought a fresh perspective of what may cause the illness; the studies have shown a connection between gut bacteria and the disease. The journal Pain published a that in research done showed individuals who suffer from the disease, found in the gastrointestinal tracts the bacteria changes. During the study 20, various bacteria species all had changed, making the amounts higher or lower. The study done in Canada used 156 participants to test their urine, saliva, stool, and blood; the purpose was to examine and compare to healthier individuals. Seventy-seven of the participants suffered from the disease itself.
3. The Study – Part 2Dr. Amir Minerbi, who is from the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), goes more into detail as he describes to make sure the alterations that they were seeing in the patients’ microbiomes the researchers used a variety of methods, even Artificial Intelligence. The point was to be on the safe side; the changes were not coming from other issues like the patient’s age, diet, physical activity, and medication because those factors have a reputation of having an effect on microbiomes. The researchers discovered that what contributes the most to the changes was the symptoms of the disease. When the bacteria changed in the system, the symptoms were precisely linked to the changes. According to Dr. Amir Minerbi, the symptoms worsen for patients worsen when the levels of the particular gut bacteria changed. The other factors, like medication, exercise, and diet, were not linked to any effect by the bacteria changes.4. What is Gut BacteriaThe gut microbiome is the bacteria found in the gastrointestinal tract; it is also known as gut flora and gut microbiota and is considered a microorganism. Other microorganisms would be Fungi, Viruses, and Protozoa. You may have heard that it is vital to eat yogurt or take supplements of probiotics because probiotics help with your gut health; it helps with the good bacteria in your system. It is essential to have a balance of good bacteria for our digestive system to work correctly and for our overall health.5. The FutureThis newfound connection is still not defined if microbiomes have any involvement in causing the disease or if it is a symptom of the disease since the disease does not only involved pain. Future researches will involve examining if these gut bacteria changes are involved in other different kinds of pain or does it have any involvement in the development of the disease. Other future research will try to find if help in the curing process and diagnosis process. Emmanuel Gonzalez, from the Canadian Center for Computational Genomics and the Department of Human Genetics at McGill University, gives the credit of the computers to help to find this new discovery with an 87 percent accurateness. He also adds there is hope in the future from building on the recent findings it may help diagnose the disease faster.6. ConclusionSome of the topics hopefully will be answered with the future test are how they are linked, preventing or signs of developing it, getting gut health in check can help eliminate symptoms, and the do individual with the disease have the same effects in other parts of the world.People that suffer from the disease also suffer from others that cannot comprehend the symptoms the patients are dealing with. The new research has opened new hope for not only patients but the researches and doctors; in fact, the frustration from lack of answers is helping researchers to want to search more.