Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic condition characterized by pain throughout the body. Women are diagnosed with it far more often than men, and much about the disease remains unknown. Use this Web guide to learn more about fibromyalgia, including how it’s diagnosed and treated. You’ll also find resources on how to cope and where to find support.
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome characterized by pain and fatigue, symptoms present in many other conditions. For that reason, being diagnosed with the syndrome can be a difficult, frustrating task for someone who is suffering. In this section, learn what the disease is, how it’s diagnosed and its causes.
- Fibromyalgia is abbreviated online as FM, and many Web sites that discuss it also talk about a similar condition known as chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis, which is abbreviated as CFS ME.
For an overview of fibromyalgia ...
, part of the National Library of Medicine, has an interactive tutorial that provides an overview of fibromyalgia. The tutorial is also summarized in a PDF
For fibromyalgia in children …
Children’s Hospital Boston
describes fibromyalgia and lists the symptoms commonly found in kids. The page also discusses diagnosis and treatment.
For causes and diagnosis …
Fibromyalgia isn’t fatal but it can’t be cured. Doctors often manage the chronic disease with a combination of medications and lifestyle changes. The sites below introduce you to the treatments that are available for fibromyalgia.
For a treatment overview …
For fibromyalgia medication …
To find a rheumatologist …
The American College of Rheumatology
has a variety of search features that help you find a rheumatologist by name or location. Because some members work in research, be sure to check the “Members providing Patient Care” box to find someone who can treat you.
Although fibromyalgia can seem like an isolating condition, it’s easy to connect with others who share the same experiences. Face to face support groups, coupled with blogs and online forums, do well to provide a backdrop for the sharing of stories, support and advice.
For coping …
suggests creating a plan to cope with bad days when fibromyalgia flares up. Learn why a plan is important, what should be in the plan and when to use the plan.
The American Academy of Family Physicians
urges people with fibromyalgia to exercise, starting with stretching and gentle activity. Find advice on the best forms of exercise for those managing the disease.
For forums …
has a series of forums that discuss different aspects of fibromyalgia. Register for free to post messages. Forum topics include “Staying Active
” and “Treatment Discussions
.” There’s also a Yahoo e-mail group
you can sign up for; e-mail messages to a specific address, and that message is e-mailed to all members.
For blogs …
Living with Fibromyalgia
is written by a woman with fibromyalgia. The blog presents fibromyalgia news and research, and discusses living with the syndrome.
is written by a woman with fibromyalgia. The blog covers news items and studies while a podcast shares coping techniques.
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