Study For Teens with Fibromyalgia Underway at Akron Children’s
AKRON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Akron Children’s Hospital is enrolling patients in a clinical study that aims to help teens suffering from fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia causes significant pain and fatigue, which can make ordinary daily activities a struggle. It is most commonly diagnosed in adults. “Many people are unaware that fibromyalgia occurs in children and teens so many young people go undiagnosed or untreated for this chronic pain condition,” says Mary Toth, MD, director of Rheumatology at Akron Children’s Hospital. People with fibromyalgia often feel pain when pressure is applied to certain places on the body called “tender points.” Misdiagnosis is common in children and teens because fibromyalgia can be confused with growing pains or chronic fatigue syndrome. It is not known what causes fibromyalgia but doctors believe it may be hereditary. There is no test to diagnose fibromyalgia, no cure and no approved treatment for it in patients younger than age 18. Learn more at http://bit.ly/w39Tyi.