Fibromyalgia is becoming a more well-known condition but it hasn't always been the case.
A 2008 study conducted in Canada surveyed physicians' attitudes about fibromyalgia. The results show that about 23% of general practitioners and 12% of specialists characterize fibromyalgia patients as malingerers (meaning that they're slackers or lazy). Nearly 40% of the doctors surveyed reported that the fibromyalgia diagnostic criteria were unclear to them or felt that assessments for too subjective.
While these statistics are shockingly offensive, most people with fibromyalgia already know this to be the case and have likely experienced this prejudice firsthand. The combination of physicians attitudes towards their patients, the lack of clear scientific information and a poor consensus as to how best to move forward are causing patients to be left out during a time they need help the most.
Patients and physicians are both frustrated by the lack of clear treatment recommendations and look to the future (cue, research!) to help shed light on this very important issue.
Fast forward to today -- although there are treatments available for fibromyalgia-associated pain, not everyone is able to experience relief and some still experience intolerable side effects.
For this reason, research is still a vital key in better understanding this complex condition. We're proudly taking part in a research study looking at a new medication to treat pain associated with fibromyalgia and other factors.
This is your chance to help shape the future of fibromyalgia!
This study is filling up quickly so don't wait!