Fibromyalgia Study Reveals Disconnect Between Pain and Treatment

Fibromyalgia Study Reveals Disconnect Between Pain and Treatment
A study recently published in the open-access journal DovePress looked at the association between fibromyalgia (FM) patients' perceptions of the understanding and support given to them, especially by healthcare providers, and the effective diagnosis and management of their condition. The study, entitled “Living with fibromyalgia: results from the functioning with fibro survey highlight patients' experiences and relationships with health care providers,” was conducted by a group of clinicians who specialize in pain management, including an award-winning author of the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year. Fibromyalgia FM is a chronic condition associated with widespread pain in muscles and joints, abnormal pain processing, sleep disturbance, fatigue, and even psychological distress. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FM affects approximately 2% to 5% of the U.S. population, predominately women (female to male, 7:1) and the majority are diagnosed as unknown etiology (cause).  Evidence suggests there is a lack of widespread understanding of FM symptoms, coupled with an overlap of these symptoms and other conditions such
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