The complexity and difficulties of handling disability of patients with fibromyalgia

Howard Amital 
Head of Department of Medicine 'B' & Head of The Zabludowicz Center for Autoimmune Diseases, Sheba Medical Center, Tel-Hashomer, Israel
Associate Professor and former Chair of Internal Medicine, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Israel  

Chronic pain conditions are the most common cause for disability leave from work.  In addition, these conditions account for the highest indirect costs for society and also accounts for an individual economic, social, educational and vocational burden. 

The leading symptoms limiting vocational tasks in patients with fibromyalgia were found to be pain (87%), tiredness (80%), muscle weakness (73%) and memory and concentration problems (51%).

Many of these disabled subjects are dependent on the government health care systems. Given the complexity of the medical community toward patients with fibromyalgia they are often regarded as malingers and in many cases their appeals are denied. 

The following presentation will shed light on the current situation that patients with fibromyalgia face and suggest ways to solve this issue.