Fibromyalgia patients are being sought for a clinical trial on the blood test.
Suffering from fibromyalgia means dealing with pain, sleep disturbances, depression, and thinking and memory problems.
Just as hard can be the skepticism from friends, family and the medical community who doubt the validity of the disease itself.
Little-understood and often misdiagnosed, fibromyalgia affects about 2 percent of the population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That number is contested by others who say it affects more than 10 million Americans, or an estimated 6 percent of the population, said Dr. Bruce Gillis, founder of Epicgenetics, a biomedical company that developed the FM/a blood test that he says has diagnosed fibromyalgia.