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Fibromyalgia 101


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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.

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 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.

Seven Steps to Managing Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia can take over your life. Take back control. Learn to control your disease, don't let your disease control you. Here are seven steps to help you manage your fibromyalgia and take back control of your life.

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