What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia syndrome (also known as FMS or just fibromyalgia) is a chronic condition that causes widespread musculoskeletal pain throughout the body. According to the CDC, fibromyalgia affects about 4 million Americans every year (2% of the population). Anyone can be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, although symptoms usually appear in middle age. Women are twice as likely as men to have fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is usually diagnosed via a physical exam and blood tests to rule out similar conditions. There is no cure for fibromyalgia currently, but there are a number of treatment options available to help manage pain and reduce symptoms of the condition.