- Affects two – four percent of people, women more often than men.
- Fibromyalgia is not an autoimmune or inflammation based illness, but research suggests the nervous system is involved.
- Doctors diagnose fibromyalgia based on all the patient’s relevant symptoms (what you feel), no longer just on the number of tender places during an examination.
- There is no test to detect this disease, but you may need lab tests or X-rays to rule out other health problems.
- Though there is no cure, medications can reduce symptoms in some patients.
- Patients also may feel better with proper self-care, such as exercise and getting enough sleep.