Finding credible fibromyalgia information online

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Fibromyalgia is currently a disorder without a cure, but there are ongoing medical studies and research groups that are trying to change this. Although it is a challenge to find reliable information about the condition online, there are several tips that can help you wade through the websites. It is important to stay up to date about disorders, so regularly searching for news should be part of a wellness plan.

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One of the most common ways people begin to search for medical information online is to simply enter a few terms in their favorite search engine. This tends to bring up an enormous number of results, but Wikipedia is often near the top of the page or the first entry. Known as the free encyclopedia, it can be edited by anyone on the planet, so questions about credibility are common. However, it can still provide useful information. It is important to remember that brands, drug companies, individuals and others often hire Wikipedia writers to provide the content. In addition, topics are usually accompanied by a long list of sources, and these often provide a good starting place for more research.

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If you are searching for information about fibromyalgia, then official organizations can also provide resources. The Fibromyalgia Network offers information ranging from free articles to advocacy ideas. The National Fibromyalgia Association has a blog, articles, continuing education and other resources. The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association offers research articles, clinical trial information, healthcare provider directories and a variety of other sources.

Sometimes patients turn to online forums and social media for health information. Although it is possible to find useful news and data, it is important to investigate all claims, and do your own research before trusting a Facebook post. You may want to consider using resources such as the National Library of Medicine or the National Fibromyalgia Research Association because they cover a wide range of topics. Additionally, the U.S. National Institutes of Health maintains an official directory of studies at ClinicalTrials.gov, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services maintains Healthfinder.gov to provide filtered search results from reliable sources.

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Very true. I have written about articles such as "10 things your doctor doesn't know about Fibromyalgia." or Fibromyalgia cures!! If it isn't published and verified.....it isn't true. Some natural herbs can be dangerous. I'm not saying that there aren't off label medications that aren't being used but be very careful. There is no cure at this point. Look up Dr. Sean Mackey at the Stanford University Pain clinic or Dr. Frank Rice at Intidyn. They have very useful information. Rosemary Lee Seeking Equilibrium