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Understanding the Common Link Between DNA and Widespread Chronic Joint Pains

Researchers have found a link between changes in marks on the outside of DNA (epigenetics) and chronic widespread joint pain.
Written by - Updated January 22, 2019

Link between alterations in DNA and chronic widespread joint pain. Shutterstock Images.

Joint pains are something pretty common, something which almost everyone faces at some point in their life or the other.

While there are a number of things, from trauma to even fatigue which might be instrumental in causing joint pains, chronic joint pain, especially those which are widespread or spreading, can be a matter of pressing and utmost concern.

The reason behind your chronic widespread joint pains might just be coded into your DNA and if so, it needs to be dealt with just a little bit more effort than just regular dose of painkillers, analgesics, and hot compress.

In order to go down to the root of your pain, you need to undergo a simple DNA testing which is an absolutely safe and painless procedure. These DNA tests can help you fight your pain more effectively by understanding where exactly the underlying problem is.

DNA: What Does it Do?

The scientific community all over the world are studying and researching on advanced genetics and how our genes affect every single aspect of our bodies, in a bid to combat several debilitating and currently incurable diseases using DNA testing to decode the information passed down in our genes.

A DNA test can help a person with a better understanding of their unique body and how their genes might affect their future. While every species shares certain genetic information, every individual has their own unique DNA, passed on from their parents.

While genes from our parents determine our height, body type, hair colour, eye colour etc. it also passes on their diseases and disorders.

Sometimes certain recessive genes[1] from the parents are passed on to the offspring, leading to certain rare conditions as well and your chronic joint pain might just be an indicator of something more serious, laying low, hidden in your DNA.

DNA to Detect Fibromyalgia

DNA To Detect Fibromyalgia

DNA Test reveals the risk of diseases which can help you to lead a healthy life. Shutterstrock Images

Chronic and widespread joint pains might be a symptom of Fibromyalgia[2], an extremely painful condition, which is believed to be linked to certain genetic factors.

Since there is so much more to diagnosing the actual cause of the disease than simply understanding the relationship between the gene and disease[3], the underlying causes of this are not yet much understood by the medical and scientific community.

This, in turn, results in the fact that there are very limited resources and treatments available for the condition as of now, despite it not being an extremely rare condition.

Read Next: Gene Therapy: New Arthritis Treatment Found in the Human Body (STUDY)

But at least understanding the cause of the joint pain gives a head start towards better management of the pain and the condition. There are several other conditions causing chronic pain such as osteoporosis, arthritis etc. which are also genetically passed on from parents to their offspring[4].

Taking a DNA test can not only help treat these conditions more effectively, but it can also predict the chances of a person developing one of these conditions, giving them a chance to adopt certain lifestyle changes, diet regimen etc. to delay or even prevent the onset of the diseases.

Author

Contributor : Melissa Feldman (Joint Health Magazine)

Melissa Feldman is a Canadian writer, editor, and English language expert. She has undergraduate degrees in both teaching and psychology, and a master’s degree in Immigration and Settlement Studies. She spent almost 20 years writing and designing English as a Second Language educational materials, including several textbooks. Melissa currently lives in Toronto, Canada and works as a freelance writer. You can connect with her on Linkedin.

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