By Kristin Barker

Greater than six million Americans—most of them women—have been clinically determined with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), a sickness that produces musculo-skeletal discomfort and fatigue. within the absence of noticeable proof, a well-understood reason, or potent therapy, many have puzzled no matter if FMS is a "real" disease. Amidst the talk, hundreds of thousands of ladies dwell with their very genuine indicators. instead of taking facets within the heated debate, Kristin Barker explains how FMS represents a clumsy union among the practices of contemporary drugs and the complexity of women's ache. utilizing interviews with victims, Barker makes a speciality of how the belief of FMS provides which means and order to girls beset via troubling indicators, self-doubt, and public skepticism. This booklet bargains a clean examine a debatable prognosis; Barker avoids overly simplistic causes and empathizes with victims with no wasting sight of the social development of ailment and its relation to trendy clinical perform.

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This new cohort of diagnostic en trepreneurs favored the term "fibromyalgia". Mter all, their patients had no muscle and tissue inflammation and fibromyalgia better captured what they considered the disorder's Copyrighted Material 24 Chapter 1 cardinal symptom: muscle andjoint pain. With a new name in hand, they set out to determine if it was possible to distinguish their patients with fibromyalgia from controls in clinical studies. Was fibromyalgia a clinical entity they could measure and study and, therefore, hope to treat?

2 dramatically reveals the current emphasis of FMS research. An increasing number of clinician researchers argue that fibromyalgia is a neurobiological disorder. In contrast to the above-noted dead ends, this is currently the most promising organic account of the disorder. Several of the diagnostic entrepreneurs, including Bennett and Goldenberg, describe FMS as a disorder characterized by aberrant central pain processing. In particular, it is argued that individuals with FMS experience nonpainful stimuli as painful (called allodynia) and have an exaggerated response to painful stimuli (called hyperalgesia).

2002: 260). A recent study assessing the prevalence of FMS among the Amish also challenges the claim that FMS is a type of illness behavior encouraged Copyrighted Material 38 Chapter 1 through ill-informed media coverage and a liberal system of disability compensation and insurance (White and Thompson 2003). The Amish do not have access to electronic media nor do they read any materials produced by non-Amish sources. In addition, the Amish do not use any public or private compensation systems and their strong work ethic discourages seeking financial assistance even through an established local process.

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