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Doctors help princess find Fibromyalgia pea

Monday 27 May 2013


From Taiwan's The China Post:


Princess and pea

Doctors help princess find fybromyalgia pea

By Lauly Li, The China Post
May 24, 2013, 12:06 am TWN

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- After running medical tests in four hospitals and talking to nine doctors in five years, a female pediatric doctor surnamed Yu has finally been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, also known as “Princess and the Pea syndrome.”

While the exact cause of fibromyalgia, which is characterized by chronic widespread pain, is still unknown, it is believed to be triggered by psychological, genetic, neurobiological and environmental factors.

The Taiwan Fibromyalgia Advisory Committee (台灣纖維肌痛症諮詢委員會) conducted research on fibromyalgia sufferers in Taiwan recently, and discovered that it took more than a year for over 60 percent of patients to have their condition correctly diagnosed by a physician.

The patient said she never thought she would have to battle the syndrome for so many years.

Adding insult to injury, over 70 percent of the patients reported that they were dismissed by friends as playing up their symptoms, moaning and groaning without being ill, the committee said.

Sun Wei-zen (孫維仁), the committee whip, also a doctor of National Taiwan University Hospital, said most of the patients are females aged between 30 to 50 years old, noting that fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose as most of the medical test results indicate a healthy patient.

Sun said Taiwan has developed a standard to identify fibromyalgia. Symptoms of the disease include constant aching in the upper and lower abdomen, as well as the left and right sides of the body for over three months. Sufferers also report fatigue and insomnia.

Patients can seek medical assistance at Division of Neurology, Division of Rheumatology or Division of Pain Management.

In light of the difficulties in confirming the diagnosis, the committee produced a short film as public service announcement.

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