Reviewed by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
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Q:What is fibromyalgia?
A:Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes aches and pain all over the body.
Q:The cause of fibromyalgia is not known. True or false?
Q:Typically, fibromyalgia patients do not get restful sleep. True or false?
Q:Fibromyalgia and depression appear to be related. True or false?
Q:Symptoms of fibromyalgia can include excessive hunger and weight gain. True or false?
Q:With fibromyalgia, normal stimuli can cause pain. True or false?
Q:Fibromyalgia is a women's disease. True or false?
Q:People are diagnosed with fibromyalgia because of abnormal blood tests. True or false?
Q:A patient with head-to-toe pain will likely be diagnosed with fibromyalgia. True or false?
Head-to-toe pain is not a factor in diagnosing fibromyalgia. A doctor will make a diagnosis based on two criteria:
Q:What are current treatments for fibromyalgia?
A:The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved three medications to treat fibromyalgia:
Q:What illness behaves the most like fibromyalgia?
A:Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), newly named Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID), behaves like fibromyalgia in that both illnesses present with fatigue that impairs daily functioning and pain symptoms.
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