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New Global Survey Exposes Considerable Burden of Fibromyalgia Including Potential Economic Impact
Date:6/13/2008

often or almost always misdiagnosed.

"The survey findings are worrying because they suggest that physicians lack knowledge and training in managing patients with fibromyalgia, which is most certainly contributing to delays in the diagnosis and treatment of the condition," said Ernest Choy M.D., Department of Rheumatology, GKT School of Medicine, King's College, London (UK). "It is important that the medical community and policy makers now take the necessary steps to provide physicians with the education and training they need to properly and confidently manage patients with fibromyalgia."

About Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is one of the most common, chronic widespread pain conditions and affects between 16 and 40 million people worldwide. Fibromyalgia is usually accompanied by poor sleep, stiffness and fatigue along with other co-morbidities. Fibromyalgia is more prevalent in women, who account for 87 percent of diagnosed cases; however, men can also be affected.

The exact causes of fibromyalgia are not yet known. Some scientists believe that there is an abnormality in how the body responds to pain, particularly a heightened sensitivity to stimuli. A growing body of evidence suggests that alterations in the central nervous system may contribute to the pain of fibromyalgia.

About the Survey

The European Network of Fibromyalgia Associations (ENFA) and Pfizer Inc partnered to develop the Fibromyalgia Global Impact Survey to advance understanding and aid diagnosis of fibromyalgia. The independent polling organization Harris Interactive conducted the survey. The survey was supported by Pfizer Inc. The survey included 800 diagnosed fibromyalgia patients and 1,622 physicians total from eight countries: the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Mexico and S. Korea. In each country, 100 diagnosed fibromyalgia patients, approximately 100 PCPs (primary care physicians) and approximately 100 specialists (25 rheumatologists,
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SOURCE European Network of Fibromyalgia Associations (ENFA)
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