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The Basics of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic syndrome which is characterized by widespread as well as specific aches, pain and stiffness throughout the body and along the spine. Fibromyalgia is estimated to have an effect on about 3-6% of Americans.

Any person of any age, race or sex can be affected by fibromyalgia as FM has been known to affect mostly females between the ages of 20-50.
Fatigue and sleep discomfort can be caused by fibromyalgia.
Although fibromyalgia can affect all areas of the body, FM most commonly affects the 'feature' areas such as the neck, shoulders, back, hands and pelvic regions.

The characteristics of fibromyalgia, coined in 1976 meaning ‘fiber’ (fibro) ‘muscle’ (myo) ‘pain’ (algos), have also been referred to as chronic muscle pain syndrome, fibrositis, tension myalgias and psychogenic rheumatism.

Although fibromyalgia can cause changes in body chemistry and functions, fibromyalgia does not increase a person’s susceptibility to future musculoskeletal illnesses. However, fibromyalgia’s effects may varying over time for the FM patient.

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