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Fibromyalgia on House

Tuesday 27 January 2009

HouseFibromyalgia got a mention – albeit briefly – on a recent episode of the TV series House, broadcast on 19 January in the US.

The episode entitled “Painless” has the following exchange:

Act 1

House sits in his tub, wincing from the pain in his leg. Later, he hobbles in to work, late as always, but surprised to find Cuddy coming in late as well. He chides her for taking so long with her new baby, Rachel. He asks for more time to prepare his budget figures. She brushes him off telling him Cameron has already done them for him. ‘Why?’ he wonders. ‘So you'll owe her a favor.’

In the diagnostic office, Cameron calls in that favor, briefing the team on a ‘32 year old man with chronic pain.’

‘It's like treating myself,’ House quips, although I don't think anyone really thinks Hugh Laurie or his character is that young. ‘ Fibromyalgia?’ ventures Hadley. Cameron chides her for a diagnosis that explains nothing and suggests no treatment. ‘Not according to the American College of Rheumatology,’ Foreman says, hinting at a controversy that will get no further explication in this episode.”

You can read more about the episode on TV Fodder:

TV Fodder: House: 512 - Painless

And, believe it or not, here’s a medical review of the episode:

Polite Dissent: House — Episode 12 (Season 5): “Painless”

There’s no word on when the episode will air on Australian TV.



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