What is Fibromyalgia?


Fibromyalgia is a painful disorder that affects up to 12 million Americans. It predominantly affects women ages 35-54, although we have treated men with Fibromyalgia. It occurs in both young and old and may have some genetic predisposition. The incidence of Fibromyalgia is increasing steadily since the early 1980’s. This may be due to better recognition and detection, but is more likely due to the underlying causes becoming more predominant or severe.

Until recent years, the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia was viewed as a psychological disorder, if you could even get a physician to believe it existed. With the advent of pharmaceuticals to treat the pain, media attention has brought this disorder into the mainstream of medicine. The current diagnosis of Fibromyalgia is mostly based on symptom recognition and physical exam, although there are a number of tests that are useful in determining the underlying causes. Treatment up to this time has been mostly pain and symptom control. Many still believe it is a psychological disorder and relegate all patients to drug treatments. However, new understanding of Fibromyalgia allows treatment of the underlying causes, thus resulting in a cure for many patients.

There is Hope for the tired and hurting.

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