Dr. Kenneth Muhich describes his work with patients who have fibromyalgia as “accidental.” In the early '90s he was asked as a chiropractor to testify at the trial of a former patient who had since been in an automobile accident.
He testified referencing fibromyalgia research from The American College of Rheumatology, and attributes his testimony to winning her case.
The ACR describes the condition:
“Fibromyalgia is a common health problem that causes widespread pain and tenderness (sensitive to touch). The pain and tenderness tend to come and go, and move about the body. Most often, people with this chronic (long-term) illness are fatigued (very tired) and have sleep problems. It can be hard to diagnose fibromyalgia.”
Fibromyalgia is estimated to affect 2-4 percent of the population, mostly occurring in women, states the ACR.
The research done in that initial court case changed the course of Muhich's practice and put him on a mission to help other patients with fibromyalgia. He felt it was his mission to educate and raise awareness about the condition.
Muhich is the author of "Fibromyalgia Falsehoods, Fakers, and Facts." In an interview, he said, “Fibromyalgia goes back to biblical times and the many names given, to name a few, have been rheumatism, fibrositis, neurasthenia, Da Costa's syndrome and myasthenic syndrome.”
He said that the symptoms of fibromyalgia include sleep deprivation or disturbance, fatigue, morning pain and stiffness, and all-over-body pain. Other possible symptoms are headaches, anxiety, depression and irritable bowel syndrome.
“There are many other secondary symptoms including symptoms brought on by weather changes, extremes in cold or heat, paresthesia, dry mouth or eyes (sicca symptoms) and of course at least 11 out of 18 specific points of pain on the body when mildly palpated. “
Muhich said that in order to be diagnosed with the condition, the patient “should have these roaming symptoms at least three continuous months.”
You’re probably wondering about the name of his book.