How to Do Your Research on Fibromyalgia

How to Do Your Research on Fibromyalgia
If you’re reading this column, chances are you’re doing what I do nearly every day: searching for information about how to feel better. Since my diagnosis with fibromyalgia in 1990, I’ve become quite adept. For those who are newly diagnosed or new to research, the following resource guidelines I've compiled may be useful. In many cases, a Google search for a specific symptom yields more helpful information than searching for fibromyalgia in general. That is because every fibromyalgia case is different. My most common symptoms are irritable bowel syndrome associated with diarrhea, muscle spasms, and profound fatigue. My friend who has fibromyalgia rarely is bothered by any of these complaints. Instead, she suffers from frequent migraines, total body pain, and cognitive dysfunction. Be aware that there are different types of websites. If you find one that's describing a fibromyalgia therapy or treatment, it's best if the URL ends in ".org" (which usually denotes a nonprofit organization), ".edu" (which indicates an educational institution) or ".gov" (which is a federal government site). An internet address that ends with ".com" is a commercial site. I encourage you to read Fibromyalgia News Today every week. This site has information about research studies, clinical trials, and news related to fibromyalgia, as well as weekly columns. This column is based upon my personal experiences. It often contains information about managing a specific fibromyalgia issue or an experience I've had. I also recommend joining a chat room for fibromyalgia patients. I’ve been an active participant in PatientsLikeMe for years. Because it’s widely read, the chances are excellent that you will find patients with issues similar to your own. You can learn about treatments th
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