With fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, we don't even have the "luxury" of all doctors "believing" in our illnesses or taking us seriously. Sure, many do -- more all the time, in fact -- but we still have far too many doctors and other health-care providers who have ignored the past 2 decades of research and reached the wrong conclusions about these illnesses.
When doctors don't believe, it's a major barrier to treatment, and it may even make us worse; chronic fatigue syndrome researcher Dr. Nancy Klimas has told the media she's seen cases of doctor-caused post-traumatic stress disorder! So much for "do no harm."
I've been fortunate enough to have wonderful doctors who take my fibromyalgia diagnosis seriously and understand that they need to take my symptoms into account when it comes to meds, procedures and recovery times. However, a close family member who was having many symptoms suggestive of fibromyalgia was told, "You may very well have fibromyalgia, but if so you just have to learn to live with it because there's no good treatment." As if that weren't bad enough, I regularly hear horror stories from readers who've been denied treatment, "fired" by their doctors, and openly mocked or berated.
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