However most PCPs have neither the time nor training to adequately care for individuals with chronic pain conditions.
One obvious solution would be to refer patients to pain specialist. However there are only about 5,000 Pain Specialists in the US today – which averages out to one Pain Specialist For Every 29,000 Americans Suffering From Chronic Pain!
In 1997 an article was written in a leading rheumatology journal ” Fibromyalgia: scourge of humankind or bane of a rheumatologist existence.”
You can see in the long term forecast with the rheumatology health care shortages , it is likely that rheumatologist will be ever more resistant to taking primary responsibility for managing pain… A Question Has Been Posed: Do you treat Fibromyalgia in your practice or refer back to PCP after ruling out autoimmune inflammatory pathology?