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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia (FM) is a health condition that is characterized by fatigue, diffuse pain and/or stiffness, and pain in multiple "trigger points". Trigger points are defined as areas that are especially tender or sensitive.

Fibromyalgia is a common condition that affects approximately 5% of the general population. It affects women more than men.

A recent study showed that fibromyalgia may be diagnosed more frequently in Gulf War veterans compared to non-Gulf War veterans. At this time, the exact cause for this is unknown.

A Fibromyalgia diagnosis is based on subjective symptoms of widespread pain that persist for greater than three months and a positive trigger point examination.

The symptoms of fibromyalgia- may vary with periods of good health followed by periods when symptoms may flare up or worsen.

Treatments that may improve symptoms include:

  • Improving sleep patterns
  • Reducing pain
  • Engaging in graded exercise therapy such as walking or biking

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