Hi gang;I get the newsletter from the American Pain Foundation. Just now I got an alert that they need everyone's help that has fibro. It seems that some big wig Dr. wrote an article in the New York times saying that people with fibro are just complainers who won't deal with the aches and pains everyone has (which is also exactly what my rheumatologist told me...I almost kicked him so he could feel my pain)lol... and the article goes on to say....well I'm getting ahead of myself here. I am just going to copy the letter, and I ask you to use the sources below to write your own short note to New York Times to try to undo the damage that Dr. may have done, and to teach others about fibro and what it really is like to live with it. The colored sentences are clickable links so you can see the actual article and instructions on how to contact the editor or New York Times, which goes world wide! Here's the alert I got:BlessingsBluebirdy
Dear APF Advocates,
This week, there has been much controversial media coverage on fibromyalgia and chronic pain. The New York Times published an article, Drug Approved. Is Disease Real?, which questioned the validity of fibromyalgia and chronic pain itself. The article suggested that the pain of fibromyalgia is a case of people who "obsess over aches that other people simply tolerate," and that the pain is just a "physical response to stress, depression, and economic and social anxiety." This is an extreme and harmful mischaracterization of the reality of pain.
The public and the media need to hear from you! whether you are a person with pain or someone who cares for or treats people with pain. APF is dedicated to raising awareness of fibromyalgia and other painful conditions and the fact that people in pain have a right to timely, appropriate pain care.
Thank you for advocating for people with pain. Together, we will make a difference!
The American Pain Foundation