Serious study should be undertaken into the long-term consequences of misreading the severity of a patient's pain, he said. Potential ramifications are that people won't get the care they require, or they won't follow the clinician's treatment prescriptions seriously, and therefore continue to suffer.
"Not getting the adequate or appropriate treatment is, in principle, harmful in itself," he said.
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It is possible that inadequate pain relief is the ultimate cause of fibromyalgia.