Chronic widespread pain syndromes are estimated to affect between 10-11% of the population1 This number is substantially higher when chronic regional pain syndromes are included in the equation. The purpose of this site is to provide information on the various types of chronic pain syndromes with emphasis on Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome.
Chronic pain continues to be a source of great patient frustration. Receiving a prompt diagnosis and initiating effective treatment eludes the vast majority of chronic pain sufferers. Fibromyalgia Network survey2 of 6240 patients revealed:
- Average duration of symptoms was 7.2 years before diagnosed
- Initial diagnosis occurred after an average of 7.6 physician consultations
- 69% saw no improvement or worsened in the years after they were finally properly diagnosed.
Physicians share in this frustration because widespread pain often has multiple contributing factors and often involves multiple body systems. No single treatment protocol will be universally effective even among patients sharing the same diagnosis. It has been theorized that with the fibromyalgia diagnosis alone there are as many as 7 distinct (although often overlapping) etiologies3. Similarly, treatment must be multifactorial addressing multiple stressors to optimize success. This site was created to educate the public about the types and causes of chronic pain, holistic integrated approaches, and breakthrough new treatments such as Frequency Specific Microcurrent.
1. 1.Wolfe F., Ross K., Anderson J., et al. The prevalence and characteristics of fibromyalgia in the general population. Arthritis Rheum 1995;38:19-28
2.Fibromyalgia Network Newsletter 1997 Survey results (October): 11-13
3.McMakin C., Chaitow L. Fibromyalgia Syndrome, A Practitioner’s Guide to Treatment 2003 Churchill Livingstone Edinburgh