What Is Fibromyalgia And What Kind Of Pain Does One Experience With It?

Dr. Carol Warfield answers the question: 'What Is Fibromyalgia?'

ByCarol Warfield, M.d., Department Of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
November 14, 2008, 1:26 PM

— -- Question: What Is Fibromyalgia And What Kind Of Pain Does One Experience With Fibromyalgia?

Answer: Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition which affects three to six percent of the population and is characterized by wide-spread pain in the bones, joints, and muscles, and also tenderness to touch. Fibromyalgia sufferers also complain of moderate to severe sleep disturbances and fatigue. Another symptom of fibromylagia is the lack of mental alertness, or a sort of brain fog, sometimes called "fibro-fog," which can include symptoms such as decreased ability to concentrate and also short-term memory losses.

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