Fibromyalgia, pronounced fi·bro·my·al·gi·a, is a condition that causes widespread pain throughout the body. It can cause sleep problems, fatigue and mental or emotional distress. Patients with fibromyalgia often experience abnormal pain perception processing, which is a sensitivity to pain those without it do not have.
Fibromyalgia affects about about 2% of the U.S. adult population, which is roughly 4 million adults. The cause for fibromyalgia is not known, but with the result of research over time has resulted in effective treatments that can help manage its impact.
Other symptoms might include:
The cause of fibromyalgia is currently unknown. Researchers have a variety of theories. One link may be between sleep problems and stress. Another indicates a relation to immune, endocrine or biochemical problems.
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