So many doctors lack the understanding to deal with fibromyalgia that it often worsens the condition for patients. Part of the frustration comes from no set criteria for diagnosis. Because it often mimics other conditions and only two to four percent of the population has it, doctors are quick to chalk it up to “mental issues.”
The American College of Rheumatology is now recommending a new set of criteria for the disease. That, and finding a doctor who is open minded, will hopefully lead to breakthroughs in the diagnosis and management of fibromyalgia.
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