August 2011 Issue
Theres More to Fibromyalgia than Pain
Recognize the spectrum of symptoms associated with this complex condition to get the proper diagnosis and treatment.
Carmen Gota, MD, hears an assortment of words that patients use to describe fibromyalgia pain: burning, stabbing, excruciating, and agonizing, to name a few. But this list of terms is no more diverse than the range of symptoms fibromyalgia patients experience, often with life-altering effects. "Fibromyalgia is a spectrum, and pain is only one aspect of it," says Dr. Gota, a staff member at Cleveland Clinics Department of Rheumatologic and Immunologic Disease. "Its a very debilitating disease for a number of patients. Quality of life, social life, financial lifeeverything is affected."
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