Fibromyalgia - The Journey
Helping to Keep You Informed
Although there have been great strides in terms of acknowledging fibromyalgia, it remains a mystery to both the people who suffer with it and the doctors who care for them. This site is dedicated to keeping you abreast of the latest Fibromyalgia Research and findings. Fibromyalgia Credibility gives you some insight into the path that has helped enlighten others. If you have people in your life who just don't understand you and what you are going through, you can offer them some insight on our Fibromyalgia Awareness page or refer them to Improve Understanding. Facts and Figures of those dealing with this condition are also available - so your friends can gain an appreciation of how far reaching this syndrome is and how it affects people like you.
What is Fibromyalgia?
As research continues, we have learned that fibromyalgia is a central nervous system disorder that affects both the Sensory and Motor aspects of the body. Read more about this in our article by that name and also in Central Sensitization. System Dysfunction, which deals with autonomic body functions like heart rate and temperature, can broaden your base of knowledge and help you understand why certain things are happening. Learn about the effects of fibromyalgia in our article entitled What to Expect. It can prepare you for some of the things that may lie ahead.
What it Isn't
Every syndrome and illness seems to have myths attached to it and Fibromyalgia is no different. You'll be amazed at what some people have said about this syndrome and the people who suffer with it. Find out by reading our articles in this section: Dispelling the FM Myth, FMS Myths and Fibromyalgia Myths. Another thing that is attached to illness and syndromes is language. Terms and phrases are often created to help define and distinguish an illness. Again, fibromyalgia has its own language and it is an important aspect in terms of being able to communicate with health care givers. Learn more about the language of fibromyalgia in our many Glossary pages in this section.
Are you Newly Diagnosed with fibromyalgia? Are you concerned and wondering what to expect and how this syndrome may affect you? Check out Fibro Facts and Fibromyalgia FAQS to see what others with the syndrome are asking and answering.
Is Fibromyalgia Hereditary?
Wouldn't it be wonderful if children never had to experience illness or the pain and distress of fibromyalgia? In a perfect world, that's what would happen. But, we don't live in a perfect world and so it is important to be informed. Even though women are the primary targets of this disorder, Men with Fibromyalgia number in the multitudes and Fibromyalgia in Children and Seniors is a serious concern. Because You Can become better informed in order to help those who are perhaps unable to help themselves.
The debate as to whether there is any substance to Heredity Fibromyalgia continues. Is it All in the Family? The evidence indicates that Children with Fibromyalgia number more than was thought and Juvenile Fibromyalgia is a concern, especially with kids around eight and nine years old. The good news is that it is controllable and Kids with FM can live relatively normal lives with proper diet and monitoring.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding with Fibro
If you have Fibromyalgia and you are Pregnant, read our article in this section to find out how you can manage your way through your pregnancy. Of course, after the baby is born, if you want to breastfeed, don't be put off by the naysayers. It is possible to Breastfeed with FMS - it isn't easy, but it is possible.
At the end of the day, when the question is posed, "Who Gets Fibromyalgia", with the information you gain on this site you can unequivocally state, anyone can get it. People like me and people like you. There are no age barriers and not special regard for race, color or creed. However, there is also hope and help.
Be informed. We're here to help you become better prepared and educated about fibromyalgia.