What is the role of meaning structures in the etiology of fibromyalgia?

Updated: Nov 14, 2018
  • Author: Chad S Boomershine, MD, PhD, CPI, CPT; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Qualitative research shows that some patients with fibromyalgia exhibit meaning structures that facilitate their "invisible," "capricious" illness for which they cannot be blamed. Unwittingly, this may serve as an excuse for not meeting the demands and challenges of life, with accompanying strong rejection of any notion that fibromyalgia could have psychological antecedents. When this occurs, physicians and/or counselors should assist the patient in avoiding the choice of illness as a way to deal with difficult personal-life situations.


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