More News from the American Academy of Pain Management's Clinical Meeting

Karen Lee Richards Health Guide
  • Greetings from the home of country music!  For those who didn’t see my last SharePost, I’m here in Nashville for the America Academy of Pain Management’s 19th Annual Clinical Meeting. 

    I spent all day yesterday in sessions on fibromyalgia. Since this is a clinical meeting, most of the people attending are physicians who want to learn more about treating pain patients.  It was especially encouraging to sit in a fairly large room full of doctors who wanted to learn more about FM.

    One thing I learned confirmed something I’ve always thought.  There is data showing that the average FM patient of 47 feels like and functions at the level of an 80-year-old person.  And people with FM have more difficulty doing normal tasks, such as light housework, than 85-year-olds. Now I know that feeling like an old woman is “normal” for someone with fibromyalgia.

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    We still can’t get the video to work in SharePosts, so I’m sorry I can’t show you where we are.  I’ll be heading home tomorrow.  As I’m able to go through all the material from the conference and review my notes, I’ll be writing articles sharing that information with you.

    Talk to ya’ll real soon!

Published On: September 11, 2008