An estimated 5% of America’s population suffers from Fibromyalgia. It is often triggered by trauma, such as a car accident. For reasons unknown, women are diagnosed with this syndrome more often than men, though it can strike anyone at any age.
To facilitate research and the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, the American College of Rheumatology established a criteria for diagnosis in 1990. The symptomatic criteria includes enduring widespread pain for more than 3 months, and the presence of pain felt when pressure is applied to 11 out of 18 specific locations on the body designated as “tender points.” (See Diagram)
In 2010, The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) proposed a new set of diagnostic criteria for Fibromyalgia that includes such symptoms as pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and cognitive problems. To learn more about them, click here.
There is no cure, yet, for Fibromyalgia — or any of the Chronic Pain Disorders discussed in this website. However, for many patients, understanding that what you have is real — and you are not going crazy — offers some important validation.
Few attorneys in the U.S. have given the attention to representing Fibromyalgia patients against insurance companies that attorney Steve Krafchick has. In 2001, Krafchick Law Firm achieved a multi-million dollar verdict on behalf of a man who developed debilitating Fibromyalgia after an injury on the job on a Washington State Ferry.
If you have developed Fibromyalgia as the result of a traumatic injury and/or are having difficulty
with your disability insurance carrier, contact us. We care, and can assist you in a legal claims process if needed.