What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a condition of chronic pain affecting large areas of the body. It is relatively common: about 1 in 25 people will be affected. This condition is not linked to any inflammatory or degenerative condition and is normally diagnosed once these types of the condition have been ruled out. There is evidence to suggest an association with poor sleep patterns or periods of emotional stress or anxiety.

The main symptoms of fibromyalgia are widespread pain, extreme tiredness and difficulty sleeping. The symptoms can vary from person to person, and you may experience good and bad days. You may also experience problems with memory and concentration – some fibromyalgia sufferers describe it as a “brain fog.”

How is fibromyalgia treated?

There’s no cure as yet for fibromyalgia, but there are ways of managing your symptoms. Your doctor will be able to suggest treatments and therapies to tackle specific aspects of the condition. These may include drug treatments but physical and other therapies are just as important or even more so.

Where can I find out more about fibromyalgia?

fibroFibromyalgia Action UK

is a charity that offers information and support to people with fibromyalgia.

If you have any questions about fibromyalgia, call the charity’s helpline on 0300 999 3333.

Versus Arthritis 

offers an excellent information regarding all aspects of fibromyalgia.

Last updated: February 6, 2020