Fibromyalgia is a long-lasting problem that causes a person to have muscle pain and feel weak.
The cause is not known. It may be linked to genes, certain health problems, and stress.
This problem is more common in women who are middle aged. Other things that may raise the risk are:
A person with this problem will have muscle pain and feel weak. Others problems are:
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. An exam will be done. This is often enough to make the diagnosis.
The goal of treatment is to ease symptoms. Choices are:
Exercise at least four times a week for 30 minutes each time. Strength training exercises and aerobic exercises like swimming are best.
Therapy may help a person cope. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one method that teaches how thought patterns influence pain.
These medicines may be given:
Fibromyalgia cannot be prevented. The cause is not known.
American College of Rheumatology
The American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association
The Arthritis Society
Fibromyalgia Information and Local Support
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Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
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