Fibromyalgia Facts

 Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that includes the following symptoms:

  •  Widespread chronic diffuse pain over all four quadrants of the body
  •  Tender points (specific sore points of knotted muscles)- 100%
  •  Sleep disturbance- >90%
  •  Fatigue- >75%
  •  Mental fog- >75%
  •  Irritable bowel syndrome- >70%

Additional information about fibromyalgia:

  •  Single greatest risk?  Female-  80-90%
  •  Prevalence? >5 million Americans (Arthritis Rheum. 2008;58:26-35)
  •  Genetics? ”Several studies indicate that women who have a family member with fibromyalgia are more likely to have fibromyalgia themselves…” (NIH)
  • Causes? “The causes of fibromyalgia are unknown…” (NIH)
  • Treatment? “Fibromyalgia can be difficult to treat…”  "not all doctors are familiar with fibromyalgia and its treatment….”  (NIH)