Fibromyalgia: What You Need To Know

Diagnosis Fibromyalgia, pills and stethoscope.

Diagnosis Fibromyalgia, pills and stethoscope.

Perhaps you can relate to this: Intense Pain. Being pricked and prodded by confused doctors trying to determine the real cause of the pain. Having that pain misdiagnosed over and over and over again until someone finally stumbles across the cause…fibromyalgia.

Today, six to 12 million Americans (90 percent of them women) are living with fibromyalgia, an often misdiagnosed and misunderstood disorder characterized by chronic widespread pain. A recent study shows that some people have gone nearly a decade without a proper diagnosis.

What Causes Fibromyalgia?

While there is a lot of ongoing speculation about exactly what triggers fibromyalgia, its causes have yet to be definitively identified and confirmed. Recent research has generally found that fibromyalgia is most likely a result of what scientists call central sensitization, or unusual response triggers in the nervous system with regard to pain.