Know Fibro advocates a comprehensive care plan that may include education, lifestyle changes, and medication. Although there is no cure for fibromyalgia, many experts believe this approach is a helpful way to manage the disorder.(2) Only a health care provider can diagnose fibromyalgia. Therefore it is important for people to discuss their symptoms with a health care provider.
Daniel J. Clauw, M.D., a fibromyalgia expert who contributed to the development of Know Fibro, recognizes the importance of this type of initiative.
"I have been treating people with fibromyalgia for 20 years, and when patients learn about the disorder and what types of things they can do themselves to make it better, this often greatly improves their symptoms," said Clauw, professor of anesthesiology and medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. "Not only does Know Fibro incorporate our experience into an easy-to-use, interactive initiative, it also provides customizable information to help people manage the symptoms of this disorder on a day-to-day basis."
By logging on to http://www.KnowFibro.com , visitors will have access to:
-- Get to Know Fibro -- A downloadable book that features Martha Beck's personal journey with fibromyalgia and provides a comprehensive overview of the disorder, including symptoms, management techniques and expert advice.
-- FibroGuide -- An interactive symptom management program that can help people with fibromyalgia learn ways to manage the disorder. The customizable program is designed to meet the individual needs of people with fibromyalgia and can show them ways to help manage many of the symptoms so they may be able to do more of the things they want to do.
"I have experienced firsthand how the pain of fibromyalgia can affect
even the most simple activities of daily life, li
|SOURCE Eli Lilly and Company|
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