A recent study has found eye damage in a subset of patients with fibromyalgia, the synthesis of the study would collect:

Fibromyalgia causes subclinical axonal damage in nerve fiber layer of the retina which can be detected using optical coherence tomography, safe and noninvasive method, even at early stages of the disease. The impact the nerve fiber layer of the retina in the temporary sectors is greater in patients with biological ¹fibromialgia, suggesting the presence of neurodegenerative processes in this subgroup of patients with fibromyalgia.

ocular damage subtype fibromyalgia patients

Importance of this study

It becomes part of a series of clinical findings with the low blood perfusion in the optic nerve showing atrophies at the eye level. These findings are not only eye level, has also detected a low velocity of blood in the brain .

For the group of patients who also shares the diagnosis of sleep apnea , all these problems are also evident at the level of research show a decline of optic nerve fibers in a study conducted in 2016 .

Damage to eye level no symptoms

Damage to small nerve fibers is subclinical eye level. The patient has a demonstrable damage to a test but no symptoms . Because exploration is affordable and accessible to all patients, perhaps in the future for some patients may have a clinical trial to confirm the diagnosis.

Could for a subgroup of patients neurogenerativa be a disease?

Given these findings at the research level becomes increasingly force the theory of a neurodegenerative disease. In a part of patients is compromised central nervous system with some kind of damage. The group of patients who share the diagnosis of sleep apnea be strengthened to enter into this subgroup.

¹¿Qué is biological fibromyalgia?

Giesecke exists in the classification, includes three groups:

Subgroup 1 (atypical): Low sensitivity, depression / moderate anxiety, catastrophizing and control of moderate pain.

Sub – group 2 (depression): High sensitivity, high depression and anxiety, high catastrophizing and pain under control;

and subgroup 3 (biological): high sensitivity, low depression and anxiety, catastrophization low and high control over pain.

To understand that is the catastrophizing pain in the world see paper in pain catastrophizing .

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Last time, the CPAP does not reduce cardiovascular risk

Noted that the problems associated with sleep apnea, just out a study that the use of CPAP does not help in cardiovascular problems associated with the disease, use of CPAP improves the quality of life for patients but does not reduce mortality from cardiovascular causes.

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