Diagnosis remains difficult and often it takes many years and numerous visits to have a definition, especially because instrumental and laboratory investigations are repeatedly negative.
I am 32 years old and I have been suffering from something for 10. I have done a lot of research, some doctors have diagnosed me fibromyalgia, later refuted by other experts. I kept spending money, I was treated like an imaginary patient, misunderstood, ridiculed. Now they diagnosed me with this strange condition again, giving me supplements and a pain medication. I have tried to get me to prescribe something that is not of pharmacological origin, without getting anything. After getting vaccinated against Covid, I feel like I’ve gotten worse. Can you help me understand what I suffer from and show me a way to get better?
He answers Carlo Selmi, Head of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, Humanitas Institute; Professor of Internal Medicine, Humanitas University, Milan (GO TO THE FORUM)
Although there is certainly more attention than in the past, the diagnosis of fibromyalgia remains difficult and it often takes many years and numerous visits to have a definition, especially since instrumental and laboratory investigations are repeatedly negative and classic drugs are often ineffective on pain, causing the false belief that it is an imaginary disease. Treatment unfortunately remains unsatisfactory in many cases: it is based on drugs that reduce pain and lifestyle changes, in particular weight control and physical activity. Covid infection often leads to a prolonged worsening of fibromyalgia and therefore a priority to prevent it; there are no contraindications to vaccinationalthough this is often associated with annoying (albeit short-lived) side effects.
May 28, 2022 (change May 28, 2022 | 13:39)
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