ANS Tests Are Helping Medical Professionals Properly Diagnose Fibromyalgia

As much as 2 to 4 percent of the general population has fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia, a disease that affects the autonomic nervous system, has been treated unsuccessfully for many years.  Part of the reason for this is misdiagnosis.  People with fibromyalgia are often misdiagnosed with some other disease and, consequently, treated improperly.  What’s most unfortunate is that they’re labeled as hypochondriacs or hysterics because many lab tests often show no evidence of the disease.

Thanks to recent advancements in ANS testing, though, fibromyalgia is easier than ever to test for.

People with fibromylagia have an imbalance in ANS activity, which means the parasympathetic nervous system (in charge of resting states) is improperly balancing the activity of the sympathetic nervous system (in charge of body’s functioning under stress).  This is what led one doctor, Manuel Martínez-Lavín MD, internist and rheumatologist, to start using the heart rate variability ANS test to diagnose fibromyalgia.

The test, commonly known at the heart rate variability analysis (HRV), “is based on the fact that the heart rate is not constant, but varies continuously by a few milliseconds,” says Dr. Matinez-Lavin.  “The elegance of this new method resides in the fact that all measurements are derived from electrocardiograms, so patients are not subjected to any discomfort.”

By testing for the difference in milliseconds with a medical device like the critical care test, health professionals can easily determine if a patient’s bodily functions match those linked to fibromyalgia.  Through this non-invasive and effective method, Dr. Martinez-Lavin has achieved a high rate of success for properly diagnosing people with fibromyalgia.  According to him, “In clinical practice, the function of the autonomic nervous system was difficult to assess up to the introduction in recent years of heart rate variability analysis.”

If medical clinics and professionals continue to use old methods for diagnosing fibromyalgia, people will continue being incorrectly called “hypochondriacs” or “hysterics.”  Or, even worse, continue receiving treatment for a disease they don’t have due to misdiagnosis.  With something as simple and effective as an ANS test, the damaging effects of past diagnosis practices can be avoided.

If you’re interested in learning more about our non-invasive assessment equipment for fibromyalgia and other diseases traceable to the ANS, contact us today for a FREE demonstration.

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