- Q How does fibromyalgia differ from arthritis?
Celeste Cooper, RheumatologyArthritis is an inflammatory condition that mainly affects joints. Fibromyalgia is NOT an inflammatory condition and is a central nervous system disorder that affects muscle, causing pain. The presence of myofascial trigger points in FM shortens the... Full Answer
- Q When was fibromyalgia discovered?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, CardiologyWith fibromyalgia in the news more and more, it can seem like it's some sort of modern affliction, but doctors have been describing what we know now as fibromyalgia since at least the early 1800s. In 1824, a Scottish physician described tender... Full Answer
- Q How is fibromyalgia related to chronic pain?
Celeste Cooper, RheumatologyA recent article “Evidence for Shared Pain Mechanisms in Osteoarthritis, Low Back Pain, and Fibromyalgia” suggests that chronic pain from these sources have a common effect called centralization. This means that the peripheral pain input to... Full Answer
- Q Does fibromyalgia get worse over time?
Fibromyalgia doesn't get worse over time. It isn't a progressive disorder. However, you may experience flare ups when your symptoms seem worse. These can be the result of several factors including stress, lack of sleep, and your environment. Talk to your... Full Answer
- Q How do I know if I'm a good candidate for fibromyalgia clinical trials?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, CardiologyResearchers who design clinical trials tend to be a picky bunch. They usually look for study subjects who fit a specific profile with regard to age, gender, and other criteria. These are known as inclusion criteria. If you satisfy the inclusion... Full Answer
- Q Can children have fibromyalgia?
Commonly, fibromyalgia occurs in young to middle-aged adults, and more than 80 percent of cases are diagnosed in women. However, anyone can develop the disorder regardless of age or sex. That includes children. If you think your child is developing... Full Answer