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Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain illness characterized by widespread pain and debilitating fatigue. For years little was known about FM, however, researchers are finally beginning to unravel the clues to this mysterious and often confusing disorder. They are uncovering valuable information which will help patients manage their symptoms and improve the quality of their lives.
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Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ)
The Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) is an assessment tool developed to measure the impact fibromyalgia has on a patient’s life.
Score the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ)
How to score the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ).
Fibromyalgia 101
Whether you are a newly diagnosed patient wanting to learn about fibromyalgia, a family member or friend of a fibromyalgia patient who wants to understand what your loved one is going through, or you are just looking for the basic facts about FM, these resources will help you get started.
Fibromyalgia Fact Sheet
This summary of key fibromyalgia facts is a handy tool to help you educate your family, friends and community about this complicated and often confusing illness.
What Is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic illness characterized by pain, fatigue and poor sleep. Extensive research is revealing that fibromyalgia is more accurately defined as a problem of disordered sensory processing originating in the central nervous system and causing central sensitization and pain amplification.
How Fibromyalgia Is Diagnosed
Fibromyalgia must be diagnosed by a qualified physician (often a rheumatologist) who is familiar with the illness. In 1990 the American College of Rheumatology established the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia.
What Causes Fibromyalgia?
Although a definitive cause of fibromyalgia (FM) has not yet been identified, it is usually triggered by some kind of physical trauma, such as an illness or accident. However, the pain and fatigue continue long after the original illness or injury has healed. Why this happens to some people and not to others remains a mystery.
History of Fibromyalgia
Although the term “fibromyalgia” was not coined until 1976, throughout history people have reported illnesses with strikingly similar symptoms.
Fibromyalgia and Surgery
If you have fibromyalgia and are facing surgery, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the pain levels and shorten the recovery time.
We've Come a Long Way, Baby!
The past decade has brought about tremendous advances in fibromyalgia awareness and research. Seeing a casual mention of fibromyalgia in a national magazine recently caused me to reflect upon just how far we have come in the past 10 years.
Beware Fibromyalgia-Targeted Advertising
The awareness level of the public, the medical community and the media concerning fibromyalgia is at an all-time high. However, this increased awareness has also made FM patients the target audience for a multitude of products promising to improve or even “cure” fibromyalgia (FM).
More on FIbromyalgia-Targeted Advertising
Last week I wrote an article about advertising that targets fibromyalgia patients. I anticipated it might generate some negative comments because there are, in fact, some targeted ads on this site. Several of you did respond with excellent comments.
Questions and Answers About Fibromyalgia
The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), provides answers to the basic questions about fibromyalgia. The information can also be downloaded in PDF format.
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