Myths and Facts About Fibromyalgia

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Myth:  Fibromyalgia is rare

Fact:

Fibromyalgia is one of the most common types of chronic pain.  It affects over 5 million patients in the United States alone.

Myth: Fibromyalgia is “ALL IN THE HEAD”

Fact:

Fibromyalgia has been described for centuries.  But it wasn’t until 1981 that the first scientific study actually confirmed fibromyalgiasymptoms and tender points in the body.

Since then, researchers have done more testing on the pain reactions of people with fibromyalgia.  Imaging studies show that the brains of people with fibromyalgia have more activity in reaction to pain.  Studies also have shown that people with fibromyalgia feel pain more intensely at lower levels than people without the condition.

Fibromyalgia is thought to be the result of overactive nerves that cause chronic widespread muscle pain. Although, fibromyalgia is not just “in the head,” it is important to understand that the condition…

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