12 FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT FIBROMYALGIA…

1. In the past, it has been called ‘Rheumatism’ and ‘Fibrositis’.

2. It is now firmly established that a central nervous system (CNS) dysfunction is primarily responsible for the increased pain and sensitivity of Fibromyalgia.

3. The tendency to develop Fibromyalgia Syndrome may be inherited. Many mothers with Fibromyalgia have children with it as well.

4. It is the central nervous system that is disturbed.

5. You cannot have Fibromyalgia only in your back or in your hands. You either have it all over or you don’t have it at all.

6. Fibromyalgia is not a diagnosis of exclusivity. You may have co-existing conditions, such as MS, arthritis, and/or myofascial pain, and still, have Fibromyalgia pain.

7. It is not a disease but a syndrome, which means a specific set of signs and symptoms that occur together. Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and many other serious conditions are also classified as syndromes.

8. Fibromyalgia is not the same as chronic myofascial pain, there is no such a thing as a Fibromyalgia trigger point. Trigger points are part of myofascial pain and not Fibromyalgia.

9. Fibromyalgia is not the same as Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome.

10. Fibromyalgia is not just widespread pain or achy muscles.

11. Fibromyalgia is not an autoimmune condition.

12. Fibromyalgia can often be triggered off by an event that activates biochemical changes, causing a cascade of symptoms.

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2 thoughts on “12 FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT FIBROMYALGIA…

  1. Hello I’m Tony Lozano and I teach anatomy and pathology in Austin TX for the University of St. Augustine. I wish to congratulate you in your “12 facts for Fibromyalgia,” and I’d like to call it a “Myth Buster” table, because you have really “nailed it down” to the bottom of a down-to-earth description of it, like it should be, in differentiating the conditions as you did. Cheers and keep up this great work in favor of the people in need for a respectable, reputable, and evidence-base practice site for advice on chronic pain. I have already mentioned to a couple of students and colleagues this website or blog as you called it, as a good resource to offer it to patients who may benefit from people that have had suffered similar conditions and here is an ethical place with the right things to be followed for help by a support group if needed. Good day.

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