Tuesday, June 30, 2009

More Hope for People with Fibromyalgia

More Hope for People with Fibromyalgia
The Spring/Summer 2009 issue of the www.CFIDS.org print publication has arrived and has an article on the new fibromyalgia drugs, Lyrica, Cymbalta and Savella.    If you think these medications might help you, but you can't afford them, visit www.PPARx.org, which links you to nearly 500 patient assistance programs.
"Big-budget national advertising campaigns to expand awareness of FM and demand for Lyrica and Cymbalta have drawn criticism from journalists and people inside the medical community. ... the backlash is likely a consequence of increased awareness of a condition that has been misunderstood for too long...."
My opinion is that the backlash is a consequence of people being confronted with the fact that what they had always believed was wrong.  Many people have difficulty in accepting they've made a mistake.  For decades, they've been convinced that fibro patients are merely lazy whiners, but now there's research showing their brains really do process pain differently, the FDA has approved medication for the condition, and all these ads are making it impossible to cling to old, outdated beliefs without being revealed as ignorant and hidebound.  This is their last-ditch attempt to "prove" they're right before being forced to change their minds.
Kevin P. White, M.D., Ph.D., Rheumatologist and Epidemiologist asks "Why do those who belittle the concept of FM offer virtually nothing more of an argument than their own feeble versions of "common sense," while repeatedly ignoring a huge and ever-growing body of evidence supporting its legitimacy?"
I expect the same blizzard of last-hurrah negative press when the overwhelming evidence that CFS is not depression becomes common knowledge.  Doctors who feel their intelligence and arrogance are threatened by the revelation that their long-time beliefs are in error will indulge in one final round of Blame The Patient.

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.
                                              - Bertrand Russell


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