Fibromyalgia on Fox News
Every Sunday morning, the Fox News Channel has a feature called “Sunday Housecall.” Each week Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld talks about the latest medical news and answers viewer questions. This past Sunday, he devoted one entire segment to fibromyalgia. Of course, the event that brought fibromyalgia to the forefront, triggering this segment, was the FDA approval of Lyrica, the first drug to ever be approved for the treatment of FM.
Dr. Rosenfeld began by explaining that several years ago since doctors couldn’t find anything wrong, people with FM were considered to be “screwballs” and were sent to psychiatrists. But he was quick to then add, “In the last few years, research has shown that fibromyalgia is a real condition. They’ve identified a gene that indicates its presence.”
He went on to talk about Lyrica and how it was shown to reduce the severity of pain and improve sleep in about 50 percent of cases. Dr. Rosenfeld ended by saying, “So my advice is this: If you’re one of the six million diagnosed with fibromyalgia, first of all, let me assure you that you’re not nuts. You’ve got a condition. And ask your doctor about Lyrica. Chances are that it will help you.”
This feature on a national news program is an example of how the FDA approval of Lyrica is already beginning to accomplish what I hoped it would––bringing fibromyalgia patients the validation and credibility we have needed and wanted for so many years. Yes, it will take a lot more than one news program, but this is a good start. And I believe it’s only the beginning.
I dream of the day when I will no longer get letters from patients whose families don’t believe they’re sick or whose doctors don’t believe in FM. One day fibromyalgia will be as accepted and understood as arthritis or heart disease. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
To see the video of this segment of the program, go to “Sunday Housecall with Dr. Rosenfeld.” Scroll down to July 22, 2007 and click on the heading, “Unexpected Side Effect.”
Published On: July 24, 2007