Fibromyalgia Facts (cont.)

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Is it possible to prevent fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome with a genetic predisposition. It can be triggered by certain events, but the exact events leading to the onset of fibromyalgia is unknown. Because of this, there is no known way to prevent fibromyalgia. However, leading a healthy lifestyle, including getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and exercising, is the best way to stay healthy.

Are there support groups for fibromyalgia?

Yes, there are support groups for fibromyalgia. Local support groups can be found through the Arthritis Foundation (http://www.arthritis.org), National Fibromyalgia Association (http://www.fmaware.org), Fibromyalgia Network (http://www.fmnetnews.com), or the National Fibromyalgia Partnership, Inc. (http://www.fmpartnership.org).

What is the latest research on fibromyalgia?

There is ongoing research on fibromyalgia on many fronts. There is active research on the genes responsible for fibromyalgia, new medications, and new non-medication therapies to help pain. One recent study found that non-restorative sleep -- when one wakes up feeling tired after a full night of sleep -- is strongly tied to developing widespread pain. Researchers have linked anxiety to developing widespread pain.

REFERENCES:

Clauw, D.J. "Fibromyalgia." Rheumatology, 4th ed. Ed. M.C. Hochberg, A.J. Silman, J.S. Smolen, M.E. Weinblatt, and M.H. Weisman. Spain: Mosby Elsevier, 2008: 701-711.

Crofford, L. 2013. "Fibromyalgia." (2013) American College of Rheumatology. Mar. 6, 2014. <http://www.rheumatology.org/Practice/Clinical/Patients/Diseases_And_Conditions/Fibromyalgia/>.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/18/2014

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