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Teaching doctors to treat Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Monday 18 June 2012


From's Adrienne Dellwo:


StethoscopeTeaching Doctors to Treat Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

By Adrienne Dellwo, Guide
June 6, 2012

A lot of doctors don't know what to do for their patients with fibromyalgia (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS or CFS/ME). Sometimes, it's because they don't care. Other times, it's because they've had no training and haven't encountered it enough in their practice.

The ones who don't care aren't worth trying to educate. For the others, though, it often helps if we can point them in the right way.

New guidelines for health-care providers are now out for both conditions. The Mayo Clinic has put out:

It's not available for free online, but you can give your doctor the above link or this citation: Mayo Clin Proc. 2012 May;87(5):488-96. They should have no trouble finding it from there.

The International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (IACFS/ME) has released:

That page contains a link to the PDF, which is free and available to anyone.

Have you had success with educating a doctor or other health-care practitioner? What helped? Do you think your doctor will be open to these? Leave your comments here!

Learn more or join the conversation!


The above, with comments, originally appeared here.


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