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Involves painful and stiff muscles, tendons, and ligaments, as well as fatigue and sleep disturbances.
Although the exact prevalence is unknown (estimates range from 3 to 17 million Americans with fibromyalgia), most of the cases—approximately 80 percent—occur in women.
Once regarded as having a psychological origin, fibromyalgia is now thought to be largely a physical problem that may be aggravated by stress or other emotional factors.
What is Fibromyalgia?
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Often mistaken for a psychological problem, fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that manifests as memory problems, sleep disturbances, and bowel and bladder irritability, along with the more commonly known symptom of pain throughout the body. In this program experts discuss how patients can be diagnosed, explain the possible causes of fibromyalgia, and identify the lifestyle changes and treatment methods that can assist those who have the condition to get their lives back on track. Dr. Daniel Clauw of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center and Lynne Matallana of the National Fibromyalgia Association are featured. (26 minutes)
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