An Evansville physician is going to the American Academy of Pain Management conference in San Antonio Wednesday, to present what could be a breakthrough finding.
He suspects the chronic pain of diseases like fibromyalgia could be caused by a series of viruses.
Pain specialist Dr. David Johnson realized the fatigue, aches and chills many of his patients describe are the same symptoms that come with a case of the flu. So he had an idea: What if he tested them for some common viruses?
He eventually came up with list of 17 viruses and found that his fibromyalgia patients were all testing positive for anywhere from three to nine viruses each. Dr. Johnson believes their immune systems aren’t recognizing the viruses as pathogens and as they steal cell material to replicate, the patient is left with a host of ailments. He’s prescribing anti-viral medications to try to suppress the viruses, which can take years.