Fibromyalgia Frequently Asked Questions

Fibromyalgia (fye-bro-mye-AL-ja) is a disorder that causes aches and pain all over the body. People with fibromyalgia also have “tender points” throughout their bodies. Tender points are specific places on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs that hurt when pressure is put on them

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Fibromyalgia
Q: What is fibromyalgia?
Q: What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?
Q: How common is fibromyalgia?
Who is mainly affected?
Q: What causes fibromyalgia?
Q: How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?
A history of widespread pain lasting more than 3 months.
Presence of tender points.
Q: How is fibromyalgia treated?
Pain management.
Sleep management.
Psychological support.
Other treatments.
Q: What can I do to try to feel better?
Getting enough sleep
Exercising
Making changes at work
Eating well
Q: Will fibromyalgia get better with time?
Q: What is the difference between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome?
Q: What if I can’t work because of fibromyalgia?
Q: What research is being done on fibromyalgia?
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Arthritis Foundation
National Fibromyalgia Association
National Fibromyalgia Partnership, Inc.

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