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Until now, fibromyalgia has been labeled the “invisible syndrome” as it could not be diagnosed through lab tests or X-rays. But a group of French researchers have recently detected abnormalities in the brains of those suffering from the condition.
Dr. Eric Guedj, the study's lead author and a researcher at Centre Hospitalier- Universitaire de la Timone in France explained, “We showed in our study that the functional abnormalities observed were mainly related to disability.” Previously, researchers have suggested that the pain associated with fibromyalgia was actually the result of depression. However, Guedj said that the abnormalities found in the brain scans done during the study were unrelated to anxiety and depression levels.