Fibromyalgia (FM) is a painful syndrome, which some estimate may effect 5% of the world’s population.
In process is a 5-year study of fibromyalgia patients is about to commence at the University of Washington.
To be conducted at two medical centers, this fibromyalgia study is funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH).
A global pain syndrome, fibromyalgia has no known cause, but there are certain associated symptoms. Individuals with fibromyalgia, may experience pain, stiffness, fatigue, decreased energy, sleep disturbances, and/or a depressed mood. Individuals with fibromyalgia may experience some of all of these symptoms.
Although seventy-five to eighty-five percent of diagnosed fibromyalgia patients are women, men and children may also get fibromyalgia.
This particular fibromyalgia study is seeking individuals, men and women, who can speak and understand English, who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia by their doctor, and who have a primary health-care provider. Participants should be 21 to 70 years old. The University of Washington at (206) 221-1737 has further information on this study.
The principal investigators at the University of Washington are Dr. Dennis C. Turk and Dr. James P. Robinson. Dr. Robert Dworkin at the University of Rochester is the principal investigator for that organization.