Consumer Alerts

Consumer Alerts

Assessment Tools | Product Evaluations | Nutritional Supplements

Cures and “highly effective” treatments for fibromyalgia, and the related chronic fatigue syndrome are advertised everywhere, and as a person who wants to feel better, it is understandable that you would be interested in these so-called “remedies.” Why should you be left tackling the symptoms of fibromyalgia if there is a nutritional supplement, a nonprescription aid, self-help device, or gadget that can ease your symptoms and make your life easier? The purpose of this section of Fibromyalgia Network’s site is to give patients tools to scrutinize the claims of products on the market, allowing you to spend your money wisely and focus on therapies that have a reasonable chance of relieving your symptoms.

As an ad-free, Member-supported organization, we have no ties to any product manufacturer: Our loyalties are to people with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Yet, there are many other companies that may be trying to manipulate you with false claims, taking advantage of your desire to be rid of your pain and other symptoms. In the first section below, you will read about tools you can use to size up product claims, and in the sections that follow, these tools will be put to work on assessing a few of the more popular medical hoaxes and treatment scams being promoted for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Your Assessment Tools

Learn a few easy tricks to avoid getting lulled into believing false claims for products that sound too good to be true. All you need to do is scan through a few simple tips to prevent you from wasting time and money on any item that appears promising, but actually has no real scientific basis for helping you. For example, if a product is “FDA-Approved” or “Clinically Proven,” what do these terms mean for you as the consumer? Click here to learn about these and other phrases used as hype to sell products and therapies.

Product Evaluations

As more products and treatment approaches become available (especially if they are vigorously promoted on the Internet), Fibromyalgia Network will provide you with an objective evaluation of them based on research. Remember, we have no ties to anyone, because we do not advertise. We are a Member-supported organization and our loyalties are to people with fibromyalgia.

Potentially Beneficial Supplements

One of the common terms used in the supplement business is to market a product as “natural.” This lulls the customer into thinking that the product is harmless or that there are no downsides to trying it. Poison Ivy is all natural, but would you take a capsule of it? Just because a product says “natural” on its label, it doesn’t mean that it is naturally good for you. Another ploy is to state that ingredients are from natural sources, implying that processing diminishes the quality when it may actually improve the potency of a desired ingredient.

There are countless nutritional supplements and special formulas for sale. As consumers, people with fibromyalgia need a cost-conscious guide for determining which supplements could be helpful, while steering clear of the hype. If you are interested in a list of supplements that may potentially help you, along with their monthly costs, click here.