Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) remains a challenge in part because patients expect that their problem will be obvious and modern medicine will have a fix for it. Meanwhile, practitioners feel they should be able to provide a discrete diagnosis and prescribe a specific remedy. Unfortunately, there are still no simple solutions for either patients or healthcare providers, according to an overview article in Managed Care magazine.
In the article, writer Bob Kirsch observes, “It is not for every illness that the FDA recommends massage and emotional support. But fibromyalgia is not like most other illnesses. First, it should be said that there is no longer any question about whether fibromyalgia syndrome is a specific illness — the FDA itself states that these are patients who have gone through a change in the way their brains perceive pain” [Kirsch 2011].