I am happy to announce yet another medical expert that has joined our growing expert panel. Dr Magdalena Cadet MD is a specilist in rheumatology and osteoporosis. She is double board certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine. At New York Hospital Queens, Dr. Cadet is implementing a new model of care; the “Improving Bone Health Initiative,” for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis in women who are at risk for this bone disorder. I am please to say that she will be sharing her experience with fibromyalgia and osteoporosis with our news blog. The lessons gained in New York are very applicble for the UK and will fit well with our growing theme of holistic osteoporosis management.
Moving the focus to fibromyalgia, FM is a surprisingly common condition: it is estimated that between 2% and 4.5% of the UK population has FM, which translates to between 1.2 and 2.7 million people in the UK alone. However, this figure has never been accurately measured (it is based on international prevalence statistics, see below) and it may actually be higher. We discuss this complex problem in blog posts quite frequently but it became apparent that for some readers, especially non FM sufferers, these posts do expect a certain level of knowledge about the FM process. Dr Cadet’s first post will provide a brief overview of this complex syndrome from the medical perspective and will form a good starting point for developing future articles.
Sources for international prevalence statistic
1) White KP, Harth M. Classification, epidemiology, and natural history of fibromyalgia. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2001 Aug;5(4):320-9
2) White KP, Speechley M, Harth M, Ostbye T. The London Fibromyalgia Epidemiology Study: comparing the demographic and clinical characteristics in 100 random community cases of fibromyalgia versus controls. J Rheumatol. 1999 Jul;26(7):1577-85.
3) Wolfe F, Ross K, Anderson J, Russell IJ, Hebert L. The prevalence and characteristics of fibromyalgia in the general population. Arthritis Rheum. 1995 Jan;38(1):19-28.
4) Mease P. Fibromyalgia syndrome: review of clinical presentation, pathogenesis, outcome measures, and treatment. J Rheumatol Suppl. 2005 Aug;75:6-21.
Dr Teitelbaum’s End Fatigue web pages
FibroAction (UK), a national charity that is raising FM awareness
Fibromyalgia Association (UK), a national charity that helps to provide information and support to sufferers and their families