In the Fibromyalgia Life documentary Getting Our Lives Back, Dr. Melissa Congdon explains what she was taught about fibromyalgia in medical school, which was simply that fibromyalgia was a rare chronic pain disorder which affected older women, and that little could be done for the disease.
Having been diagnosed with the condition herself, Dr. Congdon now knows that what she learned as a medical student is no longer accurate and that not only does fibromyalgia affect an estimated 16 million people in the U.S. but also that it can affect anyone at any age.
In the film, we meet other patients who explain their diagnosis process and the symptoms that affect them on a daily basis. Dr. Congdon also explores the possibility that up to 40 percent of fibromyalgia patients may have a carbohydrate intolerance.
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