In the 1800s, fibromyalgia was mistaken for psychosis. Their physical complaints were tested and the conclusion was that scientifically, nothing was wrong. As they fell to their knees, their prayers begging for the “imagined” pain to stop went “unanswered.”

And that is when madness set in. In a desperate attempt to convince the mind that their reality isn’t real, they turn to insanity for an escape from the truly insane. And in a psychiatric hospital is where sufferers of fibromyalgia spent the rest of their lives.

By definition, Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic pain disorder of unknown etiology characterized by widespread musculoskeletal aches and pains, stiffness, and general fatigue. Patients also report sleep disturbance, depression and anxiety. Recognized by the American Medical Association in 1987, and World Health Organization in 1993, fibromyalgia syndrome is the third most commonly diagnosed rheumatic disorder (after osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis).

In the United States, 3 to 6 million people may have symptoms of fibromyalgia syndrome and an estimated 15% to 20% of patients (90% of them are reportedly women) seen in rheumatology practices have fibromyalgia.

Many disciples of science have contributed to the expanding knowledge data base of fibromyalgia and its treatment. Since it is now possible to know with certainty which area of science will produce the next important discovery, we hope the community of science will join us as we travel down an alternative road that may lead to your answer.

 

Dr. Howard G. Groshell, Jr

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