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When you wake with stiffness in the morning and Fibro fog clouds your mind, it can be easy to forget you’re not alone. I read a poem posted over at Gather.com, and this writer’s simple words may reflect some of your daily struggle.

Here’s the first few lines:

I wake up to feel the pain,

It’s presence numbs my brain.

For this pain seething and pure,

The experts have no cure.

I hope to see more poems, stories and writing online from real Fibro sufferers like Christine K., who wrote the aforementioned piece. If you have poems you would like to share with others, e-mail me at fibrospot@gmail.com, and I will post them on FibroSpot.

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From the second Lyrica commerical -- the only one with someone who doesn't look like my grandma. (Not everyone with FM has grey hair!)

The Lyrica commercials help promote Fibromyalgia awareness. But the second spot is the only one featuring someone who doesn't look like my grandma.

When commercials for the Fibromyalgia drug Lyrica started airing on network television, my friends and coworkers started saying, “Hey, I saw a thing about that condition you have.” At first that doesn’t sound like much, but when people can’t see your illness and dismiss it as hypochondria, simple things like this help.

There are even some doctors who don’t “believe in” Fibromyalgia. (I still don’t understand this.) The press that has come as a result of the Lyrica launch and marketing has really helped the FM community. I was pleased to read last week that Pfizer, the manufacturer of Lyrica, is going to devote marketing dollars to promoting Fibromyalgia’s legitimacy. The more people who have heard of our condition, the easier it is for us to be open about our issues and needs.

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I came across an item about Pfizer’s commercials for the Fibromyalgia drug Lyrica on the Schwitzer Health News Blog, written by Gary Schwitzer of the University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication. He was commenting on how the women in the commericals appear to have a very mild case of Fibromyalgia. I was enjoying his critique (you know my thoughts on the commercials) until I reached the end where there is an insinuation that Fibromyalgia is not a “real” medical condition. The blog links to and excerpts from a New York Times article about the launch of Lyrica, which asks if Fibromyalgia is real.

It’s disheartening to see that so many years after the discovery of Fibromyalgia Syndrome, we still encounter disbelief with such prevalence.

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