Fibromyalgia Not a ‘Wastebasket Disease,’ Needs More Research

From the FMS Global News Desk of Jeanne Hambleton

Published: Friday, March 13, 2009

by Helen P. Bonner  Lake Wales


This article’s reference to fibromyalgia as a shadowy illness is just one reason why this illness needs to be researched further, earn greater awareness and continue to get as much support as it can get from drug companies, physicians and Congress.

Until one has walked in the shoes of a fibromyalgia sufferer, one cannot truly understand the debilitating pain, fatigue, depression, etc., sufferers must bear day after day, after day. I was diagnoses with this horrible illness in 1997, after having seen over 20 physicians, physical therapists, psychiatrists and mental health counselors. I had to leave a wonderful career and fight for years to win my disability claim.

I had been told by my rheumatologist, who finally made the diagnosis, that the drug companies and the FDA were working diligently to find a reason and help for fibromyalgia sufferers. The Arthritis Foundation (AF) and National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) have been a wonderful source of aid to sufferers and the successful lobbying of Lynne Matallana, president of the National Fibromyalgia Association, for more research funding for fibromyalgia cannot be overstated. The drug companies, Arthritis Foundation and NFA are trying to make this illness known to the public. For too many years sufferers were considered to be hypochondriacs, lazy, etc.

The drug, Lyrica, is one of the reasons I now lead a less painful and more normal life. I am pleased when I see the advertisements for Lyrica and Cymbalta on TV. People need to know about Fibromyalgia. It is no longer ‘the wastebasket disease’ as once it was called by many. I only pray research continues for fibromyalgia, understanding there are other diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, etc.


Let us all work together the American way.

( – All Rights Reserved)



One thought on “Fibromyalgia Not a ‘Wastebasket Disease,’ Needs More Research

  1. Hi, my name is Dr. Burton S. Schuler,
    I am a podiatrist in Panama City Fl who has been in private practice for 33 years. Over that time, I have seen alot of people with Fibromyalgia

    Based on the work of 2 famous physicians (not me because I am not that smart) I really feel Fibro can be made worst and in some cases caused by a condition known as a Morton’s Toe .

    Here is the story. In the 1920’s and 1930”s Dr. Dudley J. Morton of Yale Medical University and Columbia Medical School wrote that a problem with the 1st metatarsal bone, known as a Morton’s Toe could be the reason for most foot problems. Dr. Janet Travell, White House physician to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, and Professor Emeritus of Medicine at George Washington University took this concept further by writing and teaching that the Morton’s Toe could cause pain all over your body due to Myofascial Pain. She wrote and taught for four decades that a Morton’s Toe could cause, back, hip, knee, leg foot and ankles problems. . The good news is that all of these problems can be treated with a simple pad that costs about two to three dollars. Many doctors feel that fibromyalgia and Myofascial pain are related.

    I feel the Morton’s Toe is making many people with fibro worst.

    If you go to my website a video will automatically play, explaining the Morton’s Toe, then go to the section about fibro.

    I would really like to know what you thank
    about it

    Dr. Burton S. Schuler,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s