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[Fibromyalgia], Lycanthropy and other mythological diseases
Fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic widespread pain and also allodynia, a heightened and painful response to pressure. Fibromyalgia symptoms are not restricted to pain, leading to the use of the alternative term fibromyalgia syndrome for the condition. Other core symptoms include debilitating fatigue, sleep disturbance, and joint stiffness. Some patients may also report difficulty with swallowing, bowel and bladder abnormalities, numbness and tingling , and cognitive dysfunction.
My wife has been a chronic pain sufferer for most of her life, but only in the last few years has she found doctors willing to take her seriously. Getting the fibromyalgia diagnosis from her rheumatologist was something of a relief, in that we actually have a name to give to doctors now. Given the douchey attitudes people have about it, we don't talk about it lot. However, two things have happened recently which spurred me on to make this thread.
First, Dave Ryan, a local talk radio host, tweets a distasteful "joke" that people who claim to suffer from fibromyalgia should be shot. That offends me in both content and lack of punchline. To sign a petition telling Dave Ryan to STFU, go here.
Secondly, a few days after that incident, I discovered new research that links fibromyalgia to a retrovirus. It's also linked to CFS as well as cancer. This is still years away from becoming a diagnostic test for clinical use, but it opens up new avenues of immunological research for FMS.
So, what do you think D&D? How far does this go to legitimize the plight of FMS sufferers? Is it mostly psychological? What are your experiences with this and related conditions like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Is the issue of doctors not taking their patients seriously confined to just these conditions, or is it a widespread problem?