New Model for Explaining Pain to Fibromyalgia Patients Improves Lifestyle Changes, Communication Issues

New Model for Explaining Pain to Fibromyalgia Patients Improves Lifestyle Changes, Communication Issues
A new model for fibromyalgia (FM) provides a rational explanation for the patients' symptoms and helps communicate between patients and doctors. The model also motivates patients to engage in lifestyle changes that can improve disease outcomes. Fibromyalgia is characterized by symptoms of pain and also commonly by fatigue, sleep disturbances, dizziness, and gastric problems. One of the challenges for healthcare professionals is communicating the health concerns linked to the disease with patients. Patients may feel their symptoms are evidence of their body being damaged and require stronger pain medication, but doctors suggest exercise and psychological interventions. These communication problems are frustrating for both physicians and patients. Evidence-based data has shown that exercise and psychological interventions improve the outcome of fibromyalgia. But when doctors suggest these approaches, patients appear unwilling to adopt them. One reason is that patients simply fail to realize why such interventions would be helpful. This suggests that a new explanatory model is needed to assist the communication between chronic pain patients and their doctors. The study, “Explaining unexplained pain to fibromyalgia patients: finding a narrative that is acceptable to patients and provides a rationale for evidence based interventions,” published in the British Journal of Pain, describes the development of a new explanation model based on the Complexity theory, which applies mathematics to biology. The theory forms the basis of artificial intelligence, and according to it, the body is se
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