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Editor's Correspondence
April 10, 2000

Fibromyalgia: Is Recovery Impeded by the Internet?—Reply

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Copyright 2000 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2000

Arch Intern Med. 2000;160(7):1039-1040. doi:

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I agree that people with fibromyalgia and other related poorly understood syndromes, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, are especially vulnerable to media and Internet misinformation. Syndromes such as fibromyalgia are by their very nature confusing and controversial. We in the medical profession are unable to answer patients' concerns regarding etiology, therapy, and prognosis. Many of us would rather not deal with such nebulous and emotionally charged symptoms. Thus, people with these syndromes, hungry for information that we cannot or do not provide, turn to other sources. One third of Americans now access the Internet for health and medical information.1 The accuracy of such information is often suspect.2

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