Artemis Institute for Clinical Research was featured in the San Diego Veterans Magazine for their March issue!
Fibromyalgia is a common cause of chronic pain and the most common cause of generalized, musculoskeletal pain in women between the ages of 20 and 55. Despite its prevalence, fibromyalgia may be under-recognized and under-diagnosed in clinical practice. Research from the National Fibromyalgia Association shows that it takes an average of three to five years for the condition to be diagnosed. Dr. Purvi Mehra, the Chief Medical Officer at Artemis Institute for Clinical Research explains, “People often visit multiple healthcare specialists before getting a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Major roadblocks include ruling out other conditions with similar symptoms and an overall lack of objective diagnostic lab tests confirming fibromyalgia”.
Fibromyalgia, which means “painful tissues”, manifests itself by tenderness and pain in numerous locations around the body including the neck, shoulders, lower back, beneath the buttocks, knees, and elbows. While it is not fully understood what causes fibromyalgia, according to Dr. Mehra, “It has been seen to come about following a traumatic event, such as surgery, physical injury, infections, or even psychological stress. Fibromyalgia appears to be linked to changes in how the brain and spinal cord process pain signals, though the true cause is still unknown.”
Fibromyalgia is frustrating for patients and physicians alike. With little that doctors can do apart from treating the pain and depression, frustrated patients often embark on a personal healing journey in search of understanding, validation, relief from the ever-present pain and ultimately a cure.
Artemis Institute for Clinical Research conducts clinical trials for investigational medications for the treatment of fibromyalgia. Participation in research contributes to the advancement of treatments for all. If you are interested in volunteering for a study, or know someone suffering from fibromyalgia who may be interested, please reach out and call us toll-free at 855-367-8834 or find us online at artemis-research.com.”
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