Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Fibro on TV

National Fibromyalgia Association President Featured on National TV
ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 16, 2009)-Lynne Matallana, president and founder
of the National Fibromyalgia Association, was a featured guest on the
April 16 episode of "The Doctors," a one-hour, daytime TV talk show
launched in September 2008 on CBS.

A spin-off of the "Dr. Phil" show, "The Doctors" is produced by Phil
McGraw and his son, Jay McGraw, and focuses on health and medical

"How to Prevent a Misdiagnosis" was the topic of the April 16 episode
with Matallana, and also featured patients suffering from multiple
sclerosis and interstitial cystitis.

Fibromyalgia was introduced by the show's doctors as a controversial
illness "with no true tests," but the doctors also acknowledged that
fibromyalgia patients suffered from "real pain."

During the show, Matallana was asked to comment on a videotaped
statement by a member of the medical community who disputed the validity
of fibromyalgia.

"I thought doctors took an oath to help patients, and all I can say is
that that hurts patients," Matallana replied during her brief on-camera
appearance. "I've had this illness for over 20 years, and I'm tired of
debating it. My pain is real, and there are millions of doctors out
there that do believe in this, and they know what it's like to feel like
you've been hit by a Mack truck every single day."

After watching the segment at the NFA headquarters in Anaheim,
California with staff members, Matallana said she was pleased with the
show's portrayal of fibromyalgia, overall.

"It's encouraging to our community that a national television show like
'The Doctors' is interested in talking about fibromyalgia," said
Matallana. "However, I hope the producers will consider running a longer
and more comprehensive segment on this chronic pain disorder. There are
so many new scientific discoveries and treatment options available now
for fibromyalgia that would greatly benefit their viewers who suffer or
know a loved one who suffers from it."

Matallana also stressed the importance of finding correct information on
fibromyalgia, through reliable sources, such as the NFA's website, , and some of the newest online sources, including , which focuses on helping patients manage their
fibromyalgia symptoms.

A portion of the segment can be viewed online at .

For more information about "The Doctors," including the show's viewer
forums and discussion boards, visit .

Letters to the show may be sent to:

The Doctors
5555 Melrose Ave.
Mae West Building, Second floor
Los Angeles, CA 90038

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