Online Information About Fibromyalgia is Inconsistent, Incomplete, Misinterpreted, Study Finds

Online Information About Fibromyalgia is Inconsistent, Incomplete, Misinterpreted, Study Finds
Most information about fibromyalgia available on the internet is incomplete and may be difficult to understand for laypersons, especially as it relates to symptoms, causes, associated conditions, and treatments, a research study reveals. Websites developed by non-profit organizations are the ones that provide the most complete information, researchers found. These findings were described in a report, “Accuracy, completeness and accessibility of online information on fibromyalgia,” published in the journal Rheumatology International. Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease characterized by widespread pain and fatigue, but it also has been associated with cognitive impairments and affective symptoms including mood changes, depression, and anxiety disorders. Studies have demonstrated that several environmental and clinical factors may contribute to the development of fibromyalgia. The underlying mechanisms involved in fibromyalgia development and progression are still poorly understood. This, added to the multifaceted nature of this disease, makes diagnosis a challenge for physicians. It is estimated that in each 20-25 individuals one person is affected by fibromyalgia. However, many more may endure this life-changing disease due to lack of awareness and absence of a formal diagnosis. “Individuals with fibromyalgia can be easily dismissed, stigmatized, and left alone to self-manage their illness,” researcit hers wrote. For many fibromyalgia patients is preferable to look for information online, where they won’t feel the impact of lack of understanding and support from others. Indeed, recent reports suggest “fibromyalgia is the most common medical search term within the U.K., with fibromyalgia symptoms of primary interest according to Google tr
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