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Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Whether you're wondering if you have one of these conditions, have recently been diagnosed, or have been living with it for years, you'll find information here that can further your understanding of what's going on in your body, the many symptoms your illness can cause, and where it may have come from.
  1. The Basics
  2. Symptoms
  3. Pain
  4. Sleep Problems
  5. The Brain
  6. The Immune System
  7. Newly Diagnosed?
  8. Getting a Diagnosis
  1. Doctors & Medical Appointments
  2. Causes & Risk Factors
  3. Overlapping Pain Conditions
  4. Other Overlapping Conditions
  5. Myths & Misperceptions
  6. Book Reviews
  7. For Friends & Family

The Basics

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Fibromyalgia (FMS) & chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) are tough to understand. Learn the basics of the conditions and get familiar with the terminology you need to really understand, treat and manage them. This is your starting point -- from here, you can launch into more in-depth information without getting in over your head.

Symptoms

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FMS & ME/CFS can cause dozens of symptoms. By becoming familiar with them, you can better understand your illness and find ways to manage it. Get information on specific symptoms as well as tips from other readers on how to deal with them.

Pain

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Fibromyalgia pain isn't like any other pain, and it's not just one type, either. Understanding the unique pains of fibromyalgia can help you find treatments and make use of research.

Sleep Problems

A key part of both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome is sleep disturbance. We don't just need more sleep, we need better quality sleep. Find out about the different sleep-related problems we face and how to deal with them.

The Brain

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Many people with fibromyalgia & chronic fatigue syndrome have imbalances of certain neurotransmitters. Learn which symptoms are associated with which neurotransmitters and how you may be able to correct the balance, with medications, supplements or your diet.

The Immune System

Researchers believe a key component of ME/CFS is a dysregulated immune system, and FMS involves immune dysfunction as well. See what's going on and learn some important terminology that will help you better understand treatments and research.

Newly Diagnosed?

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Just diagnosed and trying to wrap your head around it? Take a deep breath - you CAN get on top of this! First, you need to understand what's going on in your body. Then, you need to figure out what to do next. These articles can get you started.

Getting a Diagnosis

FMS & ME/CFS are tough conditions to diagnose. Find out why, what tests you can expect your doctor to order and what the official criteria are for a diagnosis.

Doctors & Medical Appointments

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People with these conditions can face special problems with doctors, whether they're dealing with FMS or ME/CFS, or unrelated medical issues. See how to find the right doctor for you, and how to get through medical appointments with fewer negative consequences.

Causes & Risk Factors

What causes FMS & ME/CFS? Who's at risk? Researchers are still working to answer these questions, but we're getting clearer ideas. Find out what we know so far.

Overlapping Pain Conditions

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Certain pain conditions tend to come together, and they can make each other worse. See how they interact and how you might be able to find some relief.

Other Overlapping Conditions

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Fibromyalgia & chronic fatigue syndrome rarely come alone - they likes to bring "friends" to the party. Learn about conditions that are common in people with these conditions, the symptoms, how they're treated, and how the conditions may interact.

Myths & Misperceptions

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A lot of myths and misperceptions abound about FMS & ME/CFS, and they can have a real impact on your life. See what's true - and what's not - about these complex illnesses.

Book Reviews

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A lot of books about FMS, ME/CFS and related conditions are on the shelves. Find out what they have to offer and how other people with the condition have liked them. You can also write a review of books you've liked.

For Friends & Family

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FMS & ME/CFS are hard to understand and can strain relationships. The articles below can help the people in your life get a handle on what you're going through and what it means to them.

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