Thursday, November 09, 2006

Fibromyalgia: Real Illness, Real Answers

Post No. 11

From health columnist Jane E. Brody, New York Times, Aug. 1, 2000

Fibromyalgia: Real Illness, Real Answers

"Is it a real disease?" is the most frequently-asked question about fibromyalgia, an ailment characterized by chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain.

The cynical tone that usually accompanies the question suggests that many think this syndrome is all in a person's head, the result, perhaps, of an emotional disorder or an attempt to avoid the demands of work and life.

Not so, say experts who have spent years studying this controversial disorder. Yes, some people with fibromyalgia may be depressed or anxious, but wouldn't you be if you couldn't carry a bag of groceries, walk through a park or tie your shoelaces without considerable pain?"

Here's the complete article

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