Educate your Doctors

I have a new saying: “Get better doctors – make our doctors better.” Really, it’s not their fault. There is nothing in the current western medical education that teaches how to treat an illness with no medically established source. This does not mean, however, that I accept this as how it has to be. In this video I give one explanation as to why it is essential that we raise the bar for the treatment of Fibro.

Currently, both primary care and rheumatologists treat Fibro almost exclusively with pain meds. In some places Fibro sufferers get referred to a pain management clinic. This is a great start, but it’s just not enough, especially when the treatment paradigm is built around – you guessed it – medications. Now, some of the current medications do help some people some of the time. I’m not dismissing them entirely, I’m saying medication is only one small part of the treatment paradigm, because pain is just one symptom of Fibro.

So, what can we do about this? How can we get better care? First, don’t be afraid to educate your doctor about Fibro. Hand them articles. Send links. Gift them my book for practitioners, or another book written by/for doctors. If you make an effort to educate your doctor and they are not receptive, that is a sign that you should walk away. After all, we are a tribe with 470 million members. That is a LOT of people, and we deserve great care.

If you have a great doctor already, I’m so happy for you. Let them know how much you appreciate their care. And if I’m guessing right, your great doctor will be the one open to learning as much as possible about this debilitating, complex and increasingly common condition.

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