The National Institutes of Health have recently provided research funding to the New Jersey Medical School, to study the role of family factors in producing fibromyalgia (FM). This study is one of 7 that were approved from a field of 73 responding to a special call to advance FM research. Researchers plan to randomly call telephone numbers in the Newark environs to learn if a family member(s) has (have) FM. This study is important because it looks at FM in all people – not just those who go to the doctor. The study should be able to tell us if FM runs in families.
Researcher’s hope that people will respond to the brief questionnaire and be willing to be evaluated from FM and other related health problems. Hang-ups will make the study more difficult to validate.