How many of your dr's suffer from: Disturbed Physician Syndrome (DPS) ????

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by MicheleF, Aug 29, 2002.

  1. MicheleF

    MicheleF New Member

    I've reprinted a partial article for those that have been seen by unbelieving drs.
    The site here also sent someone to the FAME 2000 conf., and they wrote some excellent info which can be found in the library, but this was a different "spin" on it. Hope this brings comfort to some of you who have most recently suffered by going to drs with DPS.

    Just remember, not all doctors suffer from this; I did find a pretty good dr & you can too. In the meantime, feel validated:

    "It's Not All In Your Head"

    Dateline: 6/21/00
    As the FAME 2000 International Fibromyalgia Conference was nearing a close last month in Los Angeles, one of the presenters said: "Given the amount of research that shows physical abnormalities in fibromyalgia, anyone who still believes this illness is 'all in your head' should have their head examined!"

    Indeed, despite increasing research distinguishing Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) from psychiatric disorders, the role of psychological factors is still being hotly debated. Dr. Muhammed B. Yunus, M.D., one of the presenters at FAME 2000, has been researching the clinical characteristics of FMS for over a decade. Many of his published studies have challenged the notion that this syndrome is nothing more than a problem of stress, anxiety, or depression. He argues that while psychological factors may aggravate symptoms, they also camouflage the real cause of FMS, which he believes involves aberrant neurotransmitter mechanisms.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    "It is not the FMS patients who are disturbed, it is the physicians who are psychologically disturbed because they ignore the data..."

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Yet some doctors still cling to the belief that FMS/CFS is psychological in nature. Dr. Yunus calls this "Disturbed Physician Syndrome" (DPS). Says Yunus, "DPS people are trouble because of their preoccupation that FMS patients are psychologically disturbed. It is not the FMS patients who are disturbed, it is the physicians who are psychologically disturbed because they ignore the data, and whatever data there is, they manipulate it to say what they want it to say."

    In fact, psychologist Phyllis Chesler, who suffers from CFS herself, points out that the process of struggling for acknowledgment and understanding is, in itself, highly stressful. She writes, "I believe people with poorly understood illnesses are subjected to a level of stress that's more than a healthy person can take." She notes that rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis were initially seen as manifestations of psychological stress, but are now recognized as bona fide physical diseases.
    Research is increasingly showing that CFS and FMS are real, not psychosomatic. Findings such as abnormal levels of brain chemicals have been discovered in people with these illnesses. While many unanswered questions remain, this research may eventually lead to the discovery of an underlying cause (or causes), as well as promising treatments.





    [This Message was Edited on 08/30/2002]
    [This Message was Edited on 08/30/2002]
  2. MicheleF

    MicheleF New Member

    I've reprinted a partial article for those that have been seen by unbelieving drs.
    The site here also sent someone to the FAME 2000 conf., and they wrote some excellent info which can be found in the library, but this was a different "spin" on it. Hope this brings comfort to some of you who have most recently suffered by going to drs with DPS.

    Just remember, not all doctors suffer from this; I did find a pretty good dr & you can too. In the meantime, feel validated:

    "It's Not All In Your Head"

    Dateline: 6/21/00
    As the FAME 2000 International Fibromyalgia Conference was nearing a close last month in Los Angeles, one of the presenters said: "Given the amount of research that shows physical abnormalities in fibromyalgia, anyone who still believes this illness is 'all in your head' should have their head examined!"

    Indeed, despite increasing research distinguishing Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) from psychiatric disorders, the role of psychological factors is still being hotly debated. Dr. Muhammed B. Yunus, M.D., one of the presenters at FAME 2000, has been researching the clinical characteristics of FMS for over a decade. Many of his published studies have challenged the notion that this syndrome is nothing more than a problem of stress, anxiety, or depression. He argues that while psychological factors may aggravate symptoms, they also camouflage the real cause of FMS, which he believes involves aberrant neurotransmitter mechanisms.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    "It is not the FMS patients who are disturbed, it is the physicians who are psychologically disturbed because they ignore the data..."

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Yet some doctors still cling to the belief that FMS/CFS is psychological in nature. Dr. Yunus calls this "Disturbed Physician Syndrome" (DPS). Says Yunus, "DPS people are trouble because of their preoccupation that FMS patients are psychologically disturbed. It is not the FMS patients who are disturbed, it is the physicians who are psychologically disturbed because they ignore the data, and whatever data there is, they manipulate it to say what they want it to say."

    In fact, psychologist Phyllis Chesler, who suffers from CFS herself, points out that the process of struggling for acknowledgment and understanding is, in itself, highly stressful. She writes, "I believe people with poorly understood illnesses are subjected to a level of stress that's more than a healthy person can take." She notes that rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis were initially seen as manifestations of psychological stress, but are now recognized as bona fide physical diseases.
    Research is increasingly showing that CFS and FMS are real, not psychosomatic. Findings such as abnormal levels of brain chemicals have been discovered in people with these illnesses. While many unanswered questions remain, this research may eventually lead to the discovery of an underlying cause (or causes), as well as promising treatments.





    [This Message was Edited on 08/30/2002]
    [This Message was Edited on 08/30/2002]
  3. MicheleF

    MicheleF New Member

    for pointing out this great article found in our e-mail bulletin. I copied the portions that jackiec did b/c it's so long, but I highly recommend you read the whole article. It's very comprehensive. Just click on e-mail bulletin to find recent articles (this was listed first as of this morning). I recommend you sign up to get it e-mailed to you.


    The Scientific Basis for Understanding Pain in Fibromyalgia
    ImmuneSupport.com

    08-28-2002

    By Robert Bennett M.D., FRCP (www.myalgia.com)
    Fibromyalgia is a clinical construct that has been developed, for the most part, by rheumatologists. It is a direct descendent of "fibrositis," a common misnomer (1) that was first coined in 1904 (2). There are always problems inherent in defining a disorder in purely descriptive terms. Nevertheless, the publication of the American College of Rheumatology's 1990 Classification Criteria for fibromyalgia(3) has been coincident with an impressive resurgence of research in this area. This article attempts to synthesize contemporary research findings.

    Pathogenesis

    Fibromyalgia articles commonly begin with the admonition that "the cause of fibromyalgia is not known." This assertion is no longer justified. Impressive advances have been made in understanding the neurobiology of chronic pain. As fibromyalgia is now considered part of the spectrum of chronic pain, these advances are relevant to understanding pain in fibromyalgia patients.



  4. totteacher

    totteacher New Member

    I really liked both of the articles. The first article made me think that maybe Dr. Yunus is the one who should go on the Oprah show and be "our" champion. I received the 2nd article in my email but have not read it totally. Hope others come along and see this too.


    Linda
  5. herblady

    herblady New Member

    i'm blessed with a good dr. who believes in my pain and exhaustion. in fact, it was she who diagonised me. i still need more help though, every thing she has given me, celebrex, vioxx and another one i can't remember but it's for rheumatoid arthritis, just didn't help. i need something stronger. i'm going to ask her to refer me to a pain specialist. i hope she doesn't think i'm just drug seeking. cindi
  6. roro

    roro New Member

    Thats the only way they will ever change is if you hit them where it hurts. Sad but true.
    I am lucky that I have a really good doctor. he is current on all the latest research and alternative therapies. Actually, it took him 3 years to convince ME that I had CFS. I was convinced all of my symptoms were from hepatitis C, or that I had some other undetected disease. Poor guy put up with all my neuroses, going in every month or so wanting to be tested for this or that. I had a doctor 8 years ago try to suggest CFS, but I brushed it off, because at that time i thought CFS was something that had no physical indicators, and I had plenty.
  7. Allen2

    Allen2 New Member

    whose name(no kidding)was Dr. Doctor...strange, I know. I don't care what their name is if they take me and my ailment seriously! Actually, I purposely go to women docs wherever possible because they show one quality conspicously missing in the medical community: COMPASSION!!! Al