Fibromyalgia: The disease your doctor may miss

Published first on Fighterzine – AN E-ZINE BY & FOR FIBROMYALGIA FIGHTERZ! on July 25,2013

I have never watched the Dr.OZ show but I saw a lot of posts on Facebook about a Dr.OZ show on Fibromyalgia on July 23, 2013 and had to see what it was all about.

As we all know Fibromyalgia is a complex, chronic condition, which causes wide-spread pain and fatigue not to mention a whole gamut of symptoms like stiffness, headaches, numbness, tingling, arrhythmia, cognitive disorders, numbness, tingling, dizziness, balance issues, sensitivity to light, noise, odors and weather. It literally is a “pain in everywhere.”

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What did this Dr.OZ show mean to me? Well first, the very fact that it is being televised nationally meant that it is no longer a “It’s in your head” disease. Second, it meant that doctors have finally accepted that it is a difficult condition, one that severely impacts the quality of life of a person. And finally, it meant that a lot more people became aware of this condition. Studies on FM being an autoimmune condition and FM awareness posters can only have a certain reach and TV certainly has a wider audience.

A new type of treatment called Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), performed by osteopathic physicians was also mentioned as providing relief to painful muscle spasms. I am definitely going to do more research on this.

It is a four part video. Here are the video links:

Here’s to more awareness and hopefully a cure!

As with many life-altering events, an autoimmune illness is almost guaranteed to cause you to re-evaluate your priorities ~ Joan FriedlanderWomen, Work, and Autoimmune Disease


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