Fibromyalgia and its sister myofascial pain syndrome is characterized by several things:
- muscle pain
- depressive symptoms
- impairment of daily activities
- interrupted sleep pattern
In many cases, fibromyalgia evolves into muscle pain that is unrelenting and a devastating life experience. The existence of fibromyalgia (and probably myofascial pain syndrome) has been debated for many years, but its existence cannot be denied. The fibromyalgia sufferer has several challenges: to improve their quality of life, to better understand why they hurt, and to help loved ones (and, yes, even their physicians) understand their symptoms and suffering. Fibromyalgia often overlaps with other diseases. It is our hope that we can provide a better understanding of this disease and relating diseases through our Web pages and other scientific literature to help the sufferer better manage their symptoms. After all, knowledge is power, and, in this case, the power to improve the direction of care.
Looking for more specific answers? Try the Fibromyalgia FAQ page.