Because of newer, comprehensive methods for treating fibromyalgia, including lifestyle approaches and medication, the prognosis for fibromyalgia patients is slowly improving. But first a doctor needs to make an accurate diagnosis, which isn’t easy.
On average, it takes 2 to 3 years to get a diagnosis, and research shows that people with fibromyalgia typically see many doctors before getting one. Even with a doctor who is knowledgeable about fibromyalgia, it still takes time.
While much research has been devoted to fibromyalgia, a syndrome defined by debilitating widespread muscle pain, cognitive impairment, lack of restorative sleep and extreme fatigue, it is still contested by some in the medical community. Moreover, there remains considerable disagreement about fibromyalgia’s cause, whether it is psychological or physical, and how to treat it.
That lack of conformity is unfair to the millions living with the real pain and sickness fibromyalgia brings in its wake. Fibromyalgia takes a toll on mental and physical health, relationships and quality of life.
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