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Fibromyalgia Is Real

Posted: February 26, 2008 3:20 p.m.
Updated: April 26, 2008 5:02 a.m.
To The Editor:

Your Op Ed "The Controversy over Fibromyalgia" (Campos, Jan. 28, 2008) was very disconcerting. I've heard from many members of our local fibro support group and the comments were varied - disbelief, discouragement, anger.

Other than being an abbreviated version of Alex Berenson's "Drug Approved. Is Disease Real?" front-page article in the Jan. 14 edition of The New York Times, I found myself trying to determine the exact point of your piece. Were you questioning the existence of fibromyalgia, or slamming the drug companies for their capitalism?

It appears that you are giving more credence to Wolfe and Hadler than to the National Institutes of Health, the FDA, the American Medical Association, the Social Security Administration, the American College of Rheumatology and the World Health Organization.

There has been significant scientific progress in the last 10 years that has resulted in the current widespread acceptance of fibromyalgia as a common, well-defined chronic pain disorder; over 4,000 scientific and clinical papers have been published on this topic since 1980.

I could write a lot more, but I'm sure that you have been deluged with feedback from your article. There's no way that anyone can truly know the pain we feel and we wouldn't wish this syndrome on our worst enemy, but I would encourage you to talk to a few people with fibromyalgia and try to put yourself in their bodies. Perhaps, you'll gain a little compassion.


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