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A study that compared women with and without fibromyalgia has confirmed, for the first time, a link between gut bacteria and the disease and its main symptoms.
Canadian researchers identified 19 species of gut bacteria that were present in varying amounts linked to individuals with fibromyalgia.
“We found,” says Amir Minerbi, of the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit at McGill University in Montreal, “that fibromyalgia and the symptoms of fibromyalgia — pain, fatigue, and cognitive difficulties — contribute more than any of the other factors to the variations we see in the microbiomes of those with the disease.”
The findings were published in the journal, Pain, which Minerbi is the first author.
“We also saw,” Minerbi adds, “that the severity of a patient’s symptoms was directly correlated with an increased presence or a more pronounced absence of certain bacteria — something which has never…
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