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May 12th, 2015 | Leave a comment by   in Community Wellness, Wellness & Prevention, Women's Health

Facing the Facts of Fibromyalgia

Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor, actress-comedian Janeane Garofolo and Academy-award winning actor Morgan Freeman know the agony of the chronic, widespread and severe pain associated with fibromyalgia. Yet, because so much is unknown about the condition, many of the 2 percent of Americans whom the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates are afflicted by fibromyalgia do not receive a proper diagnosis or treatment for the debilitating disease.  What is Fibromyalgia? According to the National Institutes of Health, the term “fibromyalgia,” sometimes also referred to as fibromyalgia syndrome, describes pain in the muscles and joints. And while originally believed to be a form of arthritis because of this similar trait, fibromyalgia doesn’t cause inflammation and damage to soft tissues, like arthritis does. Instead, as the American College of Rheumatology explains, fibromyalgia sufferers’ brains have the “volume control” of their pain “turned up...

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