Fibromyalgia Essay

2785 Words Apr 16th, 2012 12 Pages
Fibromyalgia…an invisible syndrome!

Fibromyalgia is a mysterious ailment that influences all facets of its sufferer’s life. It hasn’t been that long ago when those receiving a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia were ridiculed, and the doctors doing the diagnosing were criticized. There was a perception that Fibromyalgia was a ‘waste basket’ diagnosis; given when no other explanation could be provided. It is for those, who remain attached to this perception, to which I write. Do you believe Fibromyalgia is over diagnosed? Do you believe people with this condition exaggerate their pain? Do you think their symptoms/pain is all in their head? Are these people simply hypochondriacs? Do you wonder if their pain is an excuse to obtain prescription
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Fibromyalgia is a legitimate medical condition, and it has been proven to be more than just a psychosomatic illness. Over the past few decades, researchers have made great progress in finding clues as to the cause of Fibromyalgia pain. Such research has provided evidence which supports that the pain felt by sufferers is “real”. The past 15 years have seen an increase in the seriousness given to this condition; a condition which lacks proper testing to verify its presence. Continued research is crucial in finding more definitive causes of FMS, better diagnostic testing, and additional treatment options.
Information taken from FibroCenter.com provides us with a brief history. The symptoms of Fibromyalgia were first described by doctors in the early 1800s. Tender points were discovered in the early 1820s by a Scotland doctor. The term “fibrositis” was initially used some eighty years later, as it was believed that inflammation was thought to be the cause of the pain. In 1976, upon determining that inflammation was NOT the cause of the pain, the name was changed to Fibromyalgia. The American Medical Association began recognizing Fibromyalgia as a genuine illness in 1987 (Nagy). In the early 1990s, the World Health Organization declared fibromyalgia a significant medical problem and included it in its 10th International Classification of Disease, which was published in 1992. As of July 2011 an

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