Sunday, January 20, 2008

National Fibromyalgia Association's Statement

The National Fibromyalgia Association responds as well -
the article presents outdated opinions and neglects to discuss the research advances of the last decade and instead focuses on the opinions of a few medical outsiders who still do not believe in the legitimacy of fibromyalgia. By omitting the groundbreaking research and scientific evidence gained over the past 20 years by institutions such as Johns Hopkins University, University of Michigan, the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration, the article gives a slanted and unrealistic perspective.
They also note -
Our 2007 research survey findings showed that 81% of physicians agree that fibromyalgia is a common, chronic central pain disorder that can cause intense suffering for patients. And instead of dismissing the effect fibromyalgia can have on a person's life, the medical community has shown that fibromyalgia can damage health-related quality of life even more than rheumatoid arthritis and advanced cancer.

Read the full statement here. They also ask for those who care about people who have this disease to please write the New York Times.

1 comment:

Gerardoavery cristian said...

Wow, what does all that mean? Without getting into a lesson in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, this study found defects in some of the pain processing areas of the brain in fibromyalgia patients, but also found in addition abnormalities in areas associated with muscle movement and also possibly emotional processing fatigue symptoms