Many physicians view fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome with suspicion. Doctors often don’t know how to treat these problems and help patients feel better. Instead, they may consider people with these debilitating conditions to be suffering from psychosomatic ailments.

According to the CDC, as many as 1 million Americans have chronic fatigue syndrome. Experts estimate that more than 3 million people have fibromyalgia. Their suffering is real. What can be done to alleviate it?

Guests: Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, is medical director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers of America. He is author of From Fatigued to Fantastic and Pain Free:1-2-3- A Proven Program to Get YOU Pain Free! Dr. Teitelbaum’s web site is

Richard Harris, PhD, is a research investigator in the Division of Rheumatology of the Department of Internal Medicine at The University of Michigan Medical School. He is also a researcher at the University of Michigan Health System’s Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center.

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  1. Donna Abate

    I have been fighting Fibromyalgia at its worse the last 2 1/2 years. It is concentrated in my forearms and I have been unable to work due to my limitations. I also had extracorpeal shock wave to my elbows prior to being diagnosed with FMS. I wish someone could suggest something that could help me work again. Keyboard work is very hard to do, and most jobs require some type of keyboard work. I tried being retrained for medical assisting, but can’t get a job since I am told I have no experience. Could use any advice. Distraught and want to work.

    • Mary
      United States

      Having suffered from fibromyalgia for 5 years, I have to mention that the most important therapy for me is exercise. If I can make myself (and it is hard) get 20 minutes of aerobic exercise, I feel less pain. Drug therapies have been important for me too, but I don’t like having to take the drugs I take at night for sleeping. I wish I could stop taking all of them, but have been unable to find alternatives to taking soma and amitryptiline.

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