Health experts have warned that while the symptoms of the debilitating condition are not always obvious, the symptoms may actually be worse than most people think.
Key points:The Australian Medical Association has warned of an increasing number of false diagnoses and false diagnoses of chronic or terminal illnessThe group says the public may be fooled by “tongue-in-cheek” symptomsThe Australian Bureau of Statistics says there were 7.2 million chronic fatigue sufferers in 2013, up from 5.3 million in 2012But research published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases has raised concerns that people may be duped into thinking their condition is a chronic illness, or worse.
The report, published in November, says that between 2014 and 2018, there was an increase in diagnoses of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue with a similar number of diagnoses of other chronic disorders, including asthma and chronic heart failure.
“This is concerning because the condition is often misdiagnosed as a chronic disease or worse,” Dr Fiona Mok, from the Australian Medical Council, told the ABC.
“We have been seeing a rise in cases of fibroids, fibromyalgias, and other inflammatory conditions as well.”
Dr Mok said the symptoms could also be exaggerated, including the idea that a fibromyic condition was linked to “anorexia nervosa” or “eating disorders”.
“We also see the common misconception that a person with fibromyache is suffering from a health condition that can’t be explained by the symptoms,” she said.
“There is an enormous amount of misinformation around this condition and that can lead to people making false diagnoses.”
Dr Michael Waddington from the University of Sydney, one of the world’s leading experts on fibromya, told News Corp that fibromyas most serious side effect was chronic fatigue.
“Fibromyalgia symptoms are often accompanied by a range of other symptoms, which can include fatigue, weight loss, anxiety, and sleep disturbance,” Dr Waddock said.
He said fibromyias symptoms were often associated with a “loss of muscle control, a lack of mobility and coordination, fatigue, poor balance and coordination and difficulty moving one’s extremities.”
“These are all symptoms that people with fibro can have, and many people with chronic fatigue do have these symptoms, so it is very likely that fibro is the culprit of these other symptoms.”
The report says there are many possible causes for fibromyitis, including “injury, infection, chronic fatigue, inflammatory conditions, infections, and genetic causes”.
It says there is no known cure for fibro and chronic fibromy.
The group also said that patients often believed fibromyosis symptoms were caused by a chronic condition such as heart disease or diabetes, and said that there were many people in Australia who suffer from fibromyics, but don’t know they are having the condition.
“These misconceptions are widespread, and unfortunately they often result in people with other conditions being misdiagnosing fibromyast as a condition,” Dr Mok told the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in Canberra.
“Many people with these conditions do not believe they are fibromyoses symptoms and are therefore misdiagnoses fibromyos.”
Dr Waddocks advice is that fibrography should be considered as a form of medical diagnosis.
“While fibromyographic examination is useful to detect the presence of fibrographic symptoms, it should be used in conjunction with a complete medical history and physical examination, including physical examination and physical therapy,” Dr Wyndham said.
But Dr Mink said that if a doctor was “faking” fibromyography, “he should be able to identify that”.
“There should be a complete history and examination, which should include any medication or supplements used during the course of the diagnosis, as well as any physical examination.”