The Fibromyalgia Story: Medical Authority and Women's Worlds of Pain

The Fibromyalgia Story: Medical Authority and Women's Worlds of Pain

by Kristin K. Barker
     
 

More than six million Americans-most of them women-have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), a disorder that produces musculo-skeletal pain and fatigue. In the absence of visible evidence, a well-understood cause, or effective treatment, many have questioned whether FMS is a "real" illness. Amidst the controversy, millions of women live with their very… See more details below

Overview

More than six million Americans-most of them women-have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), a disorder that produces musculo-skeletal pain and fatigue. In the absence of visible evidence, a well-understood cause, or effective treatment, many have questioned whether FMS is a "real" illness. Amidst the controversy, millions of women live with their very real symptoms.

Rather than taking sides in the heated debate, Kristin Barker explains how FMS represents an awkward union between the practices of modern medicine and the complexity of women's pain. Using interviews with sufferers, Barker focuses on how the idea of FMS gives meaning and order to women beset by troubling symptoms, self-doubt, and public skepticism.

This book offers a fresh look at a controversial diagnosis; Barker avoids overly simplistic explanations and empathizes with sufferers without losing sight of the social construction of disease and its relation to modern medical practice.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592131600
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

1The diagnostic making of fibromyalgia syndrome15
2The woman problem and the feminization of fibromyalgia syndrome44
3Similar-but-different : the fibromyalgia syndrome illness experience64
4The symptomatic self and the life world73
5In search of meaning90
6Diagnostic transformations109
7Self-help and the making of a fibromyalgia syndrome illness identity138
8Ties that bind and the problem that had no name166
App. AThe fibromyalgia syndrome biomedical literature

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