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What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a rare disorder that may cause widespread pain in the muscles as well as joint stiffness, nerve pain, unrefreshing sleep, and exhaustion. Patients with Fibromyalgia may also present with digestive disorders and balance problems as well as mild cognitive impairment. What causes Fibromyalgia is yet unknown, though the medical community increasingly recognizes that Fibromylagia involves both sensitization and dysregulation of the central nervous system and its responses to pain stimuli. Fibromyalgia affects primarily women but may also affect men. Fibromyalgia pain is considered chronic, though it can fluctuate.

Currently, there are no definitive laboratory tests based on bloodwork to diagnose Fibromyalgia. Doctors instead rely on clinical observation and symptom reporting from patients for diagnosis. Tests to exclude diseases with similar symptoms such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis are also performed before a Fibromyalgia diagnosis is confirmed.

Although there is presently no cure, symptoms can be managed with a whole-body approach through the use of prescription medications, coping and stress-relieving strategies such as meditative and psychological therapies, and the maintenance of quality sleep, proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.


Checking back in

Started by Kitty in Introductions 2 hours ago. 0 Replies

Years ago I was L-Kitty. Then I dropped the L. Call me Kitty. More time healing means more time here again. Thanks for being here!

Rotator cuff surgery 8 days ago

Started by Kitty in General 2 hours ago. 0 Replies

I'm amazed at how my arm doesn't hurt. I'm 8 days post op and I'm doing ok.I started with a new doc recently as mine went too far away for me to follow. New doc suggested checking out my arm pain with an ortho. She explained how having an injury…Continue

Heat and flare ups

Started by prncessrenee in Symptoms. Last reply by prncessrenee 5 hours ago. 3 Replies

I have had fibro for a long time now and during the winter I would hurt extremely bad and have very few flare ups. I learned to pretty much tolerate things in the winter. I live in northeast Tennessee and right now it is about 94 with a heat index…Continue

I'm Back

Started by Squeaker in Introductions. Last reply by Kitty 2 hours ago. 5 Replies

Hi All,It has been quite a few years since I have been on here.  I am sorry for disappearing like I did.  Too much going on to put on here and it would put me back in a place that I don't want to be.  All I know is that I am glad to be back on…Continue

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About Our Living with Fibromyalgia Support Community

Mental Health Hotline Information

DEPRESSION is a difficult challenge many of us living

with chronic pain face. 



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for members in the United States.


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for information on where to call in your country.

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Kitty posted discussions
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Kitty replied to Squeaker's discussion I'm Back
"Hi Squeaker. I just peeked back in too. Nice to see you here. I'm glad this community is here…"
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Jadesfire and purplebutterfly are now friends
4 hours ago
Mandy and prncessrenee are now friends
4 hours ago

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