What is the FM/a® blood test?
The FM/a® Test is an FDA-compliant blood test that diagnoses fibromyalgia by identifying the presence of specific white blood cell abnormalities that have been documented to exist in these patients. The FM/a® Test accurately and objectively diagnoses this chronic disorder that afflicts millions of men, women and children.
As I posted previously, I’ve not had the FM/a® blood test for Fibromyalgia because I knew that having the test wouldn’t change my treatment. However, their recent announcement means that I will be having the blood test.
Why am I finally having the Fibromyalgia blood test?
Because EpicGenetics just announced a huge study that will take things to the next level.
EpicGenetics will offer whole exome genetic surveys to FM/a® test-positive patients in a search for fibromyalgia-specific gene markers and mutations, analogous to the BRCA1/BRCA2 model for breast cancer. EpicGenetics’ associated CAMPAIGN 250 seeks to accomplish these gene surveys in up to 250,000 FM/a® test-positive individuals. The fees for these genomic surveys will be paid by EpicGenetics.
They will be enrolling volunteers from those who have had the FM/a® test in a study to find genetic markers for Fibromyalgia (akin to the markers that have already been identified for certain types of cancer). This information will be used to develop a vaccine and patients who have been positively identified with Fibromyalgia through the FM/a® test will be able to enroll in the vaccine trial once the study launches.
This sounds like plenty of reason for me to finally get the FM/a® blood test for Fibromyalgia, and I will definitely be participating in the vaccine trial. Can you imagine? A vaccine for Fibromyalgia? With the knowledge that we already have that there is a genetic link can you imagine being able to vaccinate your children against this awful illness? For that matter, we might finally be able to classify it as a disease!