Here we go again with so-called “medical professionals” questioning the validity of Fibromyalgia. Everytime I read this stuff I get so angry! An article in The New York Times posted today discusses how some doctors feel that people taking Lyrica for Fibromyalgia are taking prescription medication and it is not necessary.
The article says:
“Some doctors, including the doctor who wrote the 1990 paper that defined Fibromyalgia but who has since changed his mind say that the disease does not exist and that Lyrica and the other drugs will be taken by millions of people who do not need them.”
Advocacy groups and Fibromyalgia doctors estimate that anywhere from 2% – 4% of the adult population suffers from Fibromyalgia (as many as 10 million people). The doctors who dispute these statistics say that:
“…diagnosing the condition actually worsens suffering by causing patients to obsess over aches that other people simply tolerate. Further, they warn that Lyricas side effects, which include severe weight gain, dizziness and edema, are very real, even if Fibromyalgia is not.”
Doctors who do recognize Fibromyalgia as the real illness that it is say that drugs like Lyrica for Fibromyalgia will be like the discovery of antidepressants for depression. It is a huge thing and two more drug companies are working to get prescriptions FDA approved this year to treat FM.