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Top 3 Fibromyalgia Myths

Top 3 Fibromyalgia Myths

People often ask, "What is fibro?" Well, here are a few things that fibromyalgia is not.

Despite the fact that fibromyalgia has finally gained widespread acceptance as a medical illness, confusion abounds regarding this poorly understood condition. So it's time to put aside some of the biggest misconceptions about fibromyalgia.

MYTH: Your Fibro Symptoms Are All in Your Head
Truth: Fibromyalgia is a real medical condition, which includes specific medical criteria for diagnosis. And fibromyalgia researchers are learning more and more about it. In fact, we now know that the nervous systems of people with fibromyalgia process pain signals differently than people who don't have the condition.

MYTH: Only Lazy, Inactive People Get Fibromyalgia
Truth: Researchers actually suspect that many people who develop fibromyalgia are driven people, and that the stress of that drive may play a role in wearing away a person's defenses against fibro symptoms.

MYTH: There Are No Effective Fibro Treatments
Truth: Here's the good news. As more and more research is being done on fibromyalgia, we're learning more about it. And that's helping doctors pinpoint better, more effective fibro treatments. The catch is that what works for one person may not work for another, so you need to work closely with a doctor to refine and modify your fibromyalgia treatment.

Medically reviewed in August 2018.

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