Researchers report that being diagnosed with fibromyalgia is not helpful for patients in the long run.
Fibromyalgia is a poorly understood condition and sufferers often face symptoms such as pain, fatigue, and cognitive difficulties for years before being diagnosed. It can be so disabling that patients often have to quit their jobs and withdraw from their usual social activities. A recent study in fact found that fibromyalgia is harder to cope with than other rheumatic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and lupus.
You may think then that finally getting a diagnosis would be a positive turning point for these unfortunate individuals. A recent study however suggests that this is often not the case and the relief provided by a diagnosis is only temporary.
Researchers from the Department of Neurology, Buskerud Hospital Trust in Norway conducted interviews with eleven female fibromyalgia patients recruited from two local support groups. The purpose of the interviews was to obtain descriptions of the patient's experiences of the process of being diagnosed with fibromyalgia and the consequences of this diagnosis.