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IS FIBROMYALGIA A 'MARKETING' CONDITION?

Monday, February 16, 2009

Drug firms Pfizer and Eli Lilly are promoting drugs to treat fibromyalgia, an ailment characterized by pain, fatigue and depression.
But some doctors say the marketing buzz in drowning out important questions about the condition, including:
WHAT'S THE CAUSE? There is still no agreement on what causes fibromyalgia, though soem scientists point to abnormalities in the nervous system.
WHERE'S THE TEST? Unlike other pain conditions, such as arthritis, there is no medical test for fibromyalgia. Instead, doctors make a diagnosis by examining patiens and listening to descriptions of symptoms.
WHAT'S UNIQUE? A quarter of patients diagnosed also fit the criteria of other disorders, raising questions about whether fibromyalgia is a unique disease.
MIND OVER MATTER? Patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia are more likely to have a history of mental illness, be overweight and economically disadvantaged. Some doctors say their sufferings may stem from difficult circumstances rather than disease.
The above was an article in my local newspaper written by the Associated Press. I have to tell you I do not agree with with a lot what they are saying perhaps overweight, but history of mental illness forget it. I have had osteoarthritis for a lot of years then when I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and given prednisone to get it under control is when I got fibromyalgia, diabetes and a few more other problems. For a few years I have been on an anti-depressent because they said it was prescribed to conteract the pain. Probably because I cannot take anti-inflamatory drugs.
I would be interested to hear my Fibro Friends feed back on this article.
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SUEJENN 4/3/2010 2:36AM

    Last year I went to the Dr. Complaining of muscle, joint pain and fatigue. He sent me off to a specialist who looked for the 'pressure points' that you find in all the literature. She spent maybe 5 minutes with me and was quite prepared to diagnose me with fibromyalgia. It was so frustrating. Well I started at the gym with a trainer. It was painful at the start but the stronger I became, the less pain I had until 9 months later I had no pain at all. I haven't been to the gym in 7 months and I am gradually getting the pains and aches back. Once I am finished my treatments I know where I am going and it isn't back to the doctor!

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JXNCHICORY 11/18/2009 10:58AM

    I definitely agree that there are "marketing" conditions, and this has certainly taken on the attributes of one. Maybe there is some underlying cause that these sufferers have in common, but it seems not to have been clearly defined as yet. How can they successfully treat something that they don't understand? Our pharmaceutical companies do seem to always be riding the crest of every wave to make those bucks! I'd suggest that stress might have a lot to do with it, and learning relaxation techniques, eating right, sleeping better, and getting moving might be the best medicine.
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GABY1948 11/18/2009 10:21AM

    I don't know about how I feel about where it comes from but like everything else out there it seems like they find a new word and start diagnosing EVERYONE with any pain as fibromyalgia! And the drug companies are constantly barraging airwaves with advertisements that put ideas in people's minds. I hate the thought of anyone being in such horrible pain all the time...but find out what other health issue could be causing it as well!

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