Depression is often a side effect of Fibromyalgia, but a new study shows that unlike some may have thought, Fibromyalgia is not caused by depression. For those of us with Fibromyalgia this is a bit of a “duh! Really” moment. You’d be depressed too if you were constantly in pain and couldn’t do the things you wanted to do.
A new study measures the Brain-derived growth factor, a protein found in the brain serum of those with Fibromyalgia is elevated, while it is typically found in decreased levels in those with depression. These results came regardless of whether or not the patient was taking anti-depressants. Brain-derived growth factor is a mediator of pain in the Central Nervous System. This is hopefully one step in the right direction towards finding a way to diagnose Fibromyalgia.