Learning about Fibromyalgia

Although many people suffer from it, numerous people have never heard of fibromyalgia. To help you get a better idea of just what the symptoms of fibromyalgia are, take a look at What is Fibromyalgia?. For answers to some of the most common questions, check out our FAQs.

And be sure to check out our Common Fibromyalgia Myths and Misconceptions page for the real facts on fibro. While a specific cause of fibromyalgia has yet to be determined, Causes of Fibromyalgia outlines some of the potential reasons people may develop this illness.

This reasons are further broken down in Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction; Sleep Disturbances a Cause of Fibromyalgia?; All in the Family and Injury and Muscle Trauma, as well as Food Allergies.

As with any condition or disease, there is an entire vocabulary of terms and phrases that are linked to it. When you know the terminology, then it is easier to relate to the medical professionals you have to talk with about the condition. In this section you will find an entire glossary of words and phrases to help you navigate you way through the medical jargon without becoming overwhelmed.

Why Do We Have Fibromyalgia?

What to Expect with Fibromyalgia

If you have just been diagnosed with this chronic illness, you will likely have many questions as to how fibromyalgia will affect you. What You Can Expect can help answer many of your questions about fibromyalgia symptoms as well as provide you with information on your fibromyalgia treatment options.

Learn about the effects of fibromyalgia on women's health, particularly how fibromyalgia can impact your reproductive health. If you are pregnant or are considering getting pregnant, then take a look at Fibromyalgia & Pregnancy, which provides tips on dealing with your fibromyalgia symptoms safely during pregnancy.

Breastfeeding can be a difficult thing for a woman with fibromyalgia, but it isn't impossible. To find out how to best overcome some of the challenges of breastfeeding with FM, check out the article on the subject in this section.

Fibromyalgia - No Age Limits

As research continues into this elusive condition, medical professionals are beginning to ask more questions about heredity. In this section you will find several articles that deal with the heredity issues - determining if it is all in the family or not.

Although 80% of fibromyalgia sufferers are women, men are not immune from the disorder. Yet, because men are not in the majority of fibromyalgia patients, they have their own issues and problems to deal with when it comes to fibromyalgia.

Men with Fibromyalgia outlines some of these issues and offers helpful tips for all male fibromyalgia patients.

If your child has fibromyalgia, it can be a frustrating experience. Our fibromyalgia in children section provides information on the diagnosis and treatment of fibromyalgia in children, as well as helpful tips for parents of children with fibromyalgia syndrome.

Pediatric fibromyalgia is coming more to the forefront as a condition that affects many youngsters and we offer up-to-date information to help parents understand what they are dealing with.

Seniors with fibromyalgia face unique challenges when it comes to the diagnosis of fibromyalgia syndrome. Since they often are already dealing with many of the difficulties associated with fibromyalgia, like sleeplessness, stiffness, and pain, the added impact of fibromyalgia can be exhausting. Find out more about fibromyalgia symptoms as well as fibromyalgia treatment options in elderly individuals, what works, and how to best assist them.

If you have a friend with fibro, here are some ways to show you care.

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Emmett
For what it's worth, next time you have a Fibro flare up, look back a couple days: Have you over done it? Were you really tired but didn't stop for a rest? Did you push yourself too far? My answers are Yes, Yes, Yes. And, dumb me. I KNOW better than to become exhausted and then push for just one more thing, or for just another hour and so on. Be honest to yourself!
Edward Long
Hello, I am a 17 year old male who is currently enrolled in high-school and is suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. I have been coping with the pain for just about a year now and am on Cymbalta. My knees are where most of my pain is localized; however, I am also experiencing nerve pain throughout my body. If anyone has more questions for me, I am here. -Edward
Jpilacelli
So glad to have just found this site! It just took me about 2-3 weeks to titrate down from Neurontin and now I'm titrating up on Lyrica. Right now I'm on the first two weeks of 75mg per night of Lyrica, then I add in the morning. I just started in the middle of last week and right now even though I'm taking the Lyrica only at night, I am a walking zombie from the moment I wake up in the morning. Is this going to subside and I will get used tooo it? or is this the way it's going to be because if so, Lyrica is wrong for me. Anyone experience this and have an answer for me? Going to bed now, no really lol, seriously going to bed now. I've fallen asleep 2-3 writing this post. God bless you all!
former fibro sufferer
Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich recently joined the fight against fluoride after EPA & NRC scientists fingered fluoride as a major cause of thyroid dysfunction and fibromyalgia.
Bellababy
Hi, new here and seriously looking for an answer. I need to know if anyone with fibromyalgia has burning knees with no actual heat to the touch. I've also noticed it happens each fall when I have to start wearing jeans or stretch pants. Hope someone has a answer and looking forward to meeting new friends here!