Fibromyalgia Facts Symptoms and Answers
Do you have Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia (FM or FMS) is a debilitating chronic syndrome (constellation of signs and symptoms) characterized by diffuse or specific muscle, joint, or bone pain, fatigue, and a wide range of other symptoms. It is not contagious, and recent studies suggest that people with fibromyalgia may be genetically predisposed. It affects more females than males, with a ratio of 9:1 by ACR (American College of Rheumatology) criteria .
Fibromyalgia is seen in 3% to 6% of the general population, and is most commonly diagnosed in individuals between the ages of 20 and 50. The nature of fibromyalgia is not well understood, with many frustrated physicians driven to accusing their patients of feigning illness. There are few, if any, treatments available, and there is no cure, but the disease is not life-threatening.
Well welcome to the world of fibromyalgia diagnostics. It is bad enough that there
is no cure or significantly effective treatment for this condition, but it is even more
frustrating when it takes so long for anyone to tell you that the problems you are having
are caused by fibromyalgia.
If this is you, PLEASE read through the fibromyalgia articles on the left, There is a lot of good information that explains the facts and symptoms of this terrible disease