The lived experience of fibromyalgia in African American women.

@article{Schaefer2005TheLE,
  title={The lived experience of fibromyalgia in African American women.},
  author={Karen Moore Schaefer},
  journal={Holistic nursing practice},
  year={2005},
  volume={19 1},
  pages={17-25}
}
This study aimed to learn what it is like for African American women to live with fibromyalgia. Van Manen's phenomenological method of writing and rewriting guided the inquiry. The sample included 10 women, who were interviewed for 30 to 60 minutes each. Two agreed to second interviews, for a total of 12 interviews for data analysis. Data analysis revealed the following themes: (a) managing the symptoms, (b) becoming a self-advocate, (c) medications camouflage the pain, (d) coming to grips with… CONTINUE READING