Just putting in my two cents -
When my mom was diagnosed with Crohns disease thirty years ago - she got lucky. For the next 5 years or so no one had really heard about
it. Then as word spread the condition was better known and understood. It was sort of eye
opening when a few years ago I saw my first mention of Crohns in the public - but my mom had had it for more thirty years... My mom saw a doctor who told her she just had some small problems with her stomach - that Crohns was a fake diagnosis - believe me after all she's been through - it's NOT fake.
The same thing with my Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome - now it's a rather common thing, but when I was diagnosed it was pure luck of finding a great doctor. She knew the signs ran the tests and I knew what to look for and what was going on. At the same time, there were people with the condition the same time I was diagnosed that didn't find out for ten years - because word wasn't out. After knowing my condition I saw a doctor who flat out told me PCOS wasn't real - all I could think was tell that to my ovaries.
Just like what I have heard about
Fibro - it was pretty knew to the general population for awhile - doctors wouldn't admit (and still dont sometimes) that it exists - and as time goes by more and more doctors seem to be accepting it's real.
I think it just takes word getting out, doctors going to school, learning about
new conditions and information, to have things get out to the public. Doctors can't diagnose what they don't know - and as more doctors are educated the diagnosis can be made more and more. Once the diagnosis gets out there for awhile the disease/condition slowly gets more funding at which point more research is done, better understanding (sometimes) is found, and then more and more medications hit the market to cover said condition - then come the samples, and the commercials.
Thats just my opinion - but I do also have a very "naive" approach to things I've been told. Trusting people first.
I will be honest - I know of several doctors who yes, do get some free samples, but actually have to pay for some of their "samples" to give out. (This is from several nurses I've known who work in small clinic's). Personally I love the free samples as the only medication that would work for my costochondritis was Celebrex - and my insurance wanted me to jump through major hoops to get it then pay 75 dollars a month to pick it up. The clinics had free samples that got me through my costo flare ups - twice.
"When we come to the edge of the light we know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, of one thing we can be sure; either God will provide something solid to stand on... or we will be taught to fly.'"
"Cause when push comes to shove You taste what you're made of, You might bend, till you break Cause its all you can take; On your knees you look up Decide you've had enough, You get mad you get strong Wipe your hands shake it off, Then you Stand" From "Stand" by Rascal Flatts
Dx.: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Ulcerlative Colitis, Chronic Inflammation of the Colon, Ruptured & Fused L4-L5-S1 w/pinched nerves, Degenerative Disc Disease, Chronic Costochondritis, Back Muscle Spasms, Asthma, Benign Tremmors (hands)