LAWTON, Okla._Doctors seem to be seeing an increase in lupus and fibromyalgia, two diseases that are chronic and debilitating.
That was the topic of discussion at a luncheon Thursday at Comanche County Memorial Hospital. Fibromyalgia affects muscles and soft tissue and is often very painful. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body. Lawton family practice physician Dr. Karen Schafer says diagnosing these conditions can be very frustrating for both physicians and patients because lab tests often come back normal.
"In the medical society, we aren't perfect, we don't always know all the answers. So, this kind of diagnosis is a lot of teamwork where we work with the patient to make their quality of life better," explained Dr. Schafer.