For many years the medical community tried to link fibromyalgia and depression . And despite evidence to the contrary, some in the psychological arena still insist on believing that fibromyalgia is caused by - or at least strongly linked to - depression. The fact is, depression is no more prevalant with fibromyalgia than it is with any other chronic illness. The Cleveland Clinic describes depression as a “complication” of chronic illness and estimates that “up to one-third of individuals with a serious medical condition experience symptoms of depression.” They list the following depression rates for various illnesses:
Heart attack: 40%-65%
Parkinson’s disease: 40%
Multiple sclerosis: 40%
I've seen various estimates as to the rate of depression for people with fibromyalgia, but they tend to range between 20 – 30%, about the same as for cancer, diabetes and rheumatoid arthr...
Over the past couple of months, many of you completed the Fibromyalgia and Family Impact Survey that I've been working on with Dr. Dawn Marcus. She asked me to share the following personal note of appreciation with you:
This spring, we asked the fibromyalgia community to help us out by sharing their experiences about how fibromyalgia may have affected their relationships with family and friends. We had hoped for a strong response of about one to two thousand individuals with fibromyalgia completing our survey. We have been positively blown away by the incredible response we received with over six thousand survey participants. Our final count was 6,126 people with fibromyalgia completing the entire survey! This overwhelming response will really help us feel like we've been able to tap into an important segment of the fibromyalgia community and we're getting the results together now. At the end of the survey, people were given an option of telling us important information that we...
My recent SharePost "Fibromyalgia Mentioned on Oprah," triggered some excellent comments and questions. Rather than just responding via another comment that few people would see, I decided to do another SharePost. Your comments centered around two very valid questions: Has anyone ever been “cured” of fibromyalgia by a change in diet - or any of the dozens of other products and treatments claiming to cure FM? What can I tell family and friends who saw that Oprah show and tell me all I have to do is follow Dr. Oz’s diet and I’ll be cured? Has anyone been cured? Like most of you, I’m extremely skeptical whenever I hear someone who claims to have been cured of FM by some product, treatment program or diet. Generally they are promoting that product or program and stand to profit by getting you to purchase whatever they’re selling. I even wrote an article to help you recognize the warning signs of these scams: “Let the Buyer Beware.&rdqu...
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