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“Fibromyalgia syndrome, or F-M-S, is a chronic disorder affecting millions of people causing widespread pain in joints, tendons and muscles.”

“Patients feel pain in as many as 18 specific “tender points,” small areas on the body less than an inch across. Even the slightest pressure on a tender point can cause excruciating pain.”

“Sufferers may describe their pain as a deep persistent ache, stabbing or shooting muscular pain, or a burning sensation just beneath the skin.”

“Other common symptoms include incapacitating fatigue, depression or anxiety, trouble sleeping, and problems with memory.”

“To be diagnosed with FMS, the patient must have pain in at least 11 of the 18 tender points, and must have pain in all four quadrants of the body.”

“Many researchers think the brain and spinal cord process pain messages incorrectly, causing FMS patients to feel pain more intensely.”

“Physical or emotional trauma may trigger fibromyalgia. People involved in auto accidents, soldiers at war, or others in stressful situations sometimes develop FMS.”

“Since there is no cure for fibromyalgia, treatment involves managing the symptoms with pain and antidepressant medications, and improving general health with proper exercise, adequate sleep, and a healthy diet.”

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