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Fibromyalgia

Get the latest insights for fibromyalgia causes, treatments, management, and lifestyle tips to live a more comfortable life.

Nurse drawing blood sample from patient for testing.
Diagnosis

An Accurate Blood Test for Fibromyalgia

A doctor tells HealthCentral that the FM/a blood test’s accuracy is “pretty spectacular.”

By Nancy Monson
A woman with neck pain holding her neck.
Symptoms

Top 10 Causes of Fibromyalgia Flares

By Karen Lee Richards
Pills and Scrabble tiles spelling "opioid crisis".
Living With

People With Chronic Pain Talk About Opioids

By Lene Andersen, MSW
A woman takes a break during a jog.
Living With

Reduce Post-Workout Pain With Fibromyalgia

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

The Latest

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Symptoms

9 Sneaky Conditions That Mimic RA

Diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis takes some detective work, especially because so many health problems cause similar symptoms. Our guide helps you spot the clues so you can get the treatment you need.

By Sheila M. Eldred
Young woman midsection, abdomen.
Chronic Life

We Still Don’t Know What Causes Fibromyalgia—But Could the Answer Lie in Your Stomach?

A new study found a link between the bacteria that populate the digestive tract (called the gut microbiome) and this chronic pain condition. Here’s what that could mean.

By Stephanie Stephens
Doctor questions diagnosis.
Diagnosis

Fibromyalgia: Misdiagnosis Rates Are High

There’s disagreement between fibromyalgia diagnoses in the U.S and established diagnostic criteria for the condition — many people told they have it may not.

By Diane Domina
MJ embracing life in Brusselton, UK.
Living With

Meet MJ, The Former Mommy Blogger Who Now Writes About Ankylosing Spondylitis

In her new blog: “Kicking Hoops and Shooting Goals,” MJ Rowan captures the daily irony and flow of living with AS and fibromyalgia — both of which she has. MJ crafts an irresistible story you almost certainly cannot stop reading mid-paragraph.

By Charis Hill
Brain inflammation.
Brain

Is There a Connection Between Brain Inflammation and Fibromyalgia?

Researchers report that they found revealed widespread inflammation in the brains of people with fibromyalgia, a chronic condition that causes chronic pain, tenderness, fatigue, and other symptoms.

By Diane Domina
Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-FL, and Candace Lerman on Capitol Hill.
Advocacy

How to Become a Health Advocate

Candace H. Lerman lives with a rare disease. She's also a driven patient advocate on Capitol Hill. Learn how she does it.

By Erin L. Boyle
Lynn Julian Crisci and her long time partner Doug Julian.
Running

Boston Bombing Survivor and Patient Advocate

She was already fighting fibromyalgia — then came the Boston Marathon bombing. Read Lynn Julian Crisci's inspiring story of survival and perseverance.

By Stephanie Stephens
Women can do it.

Don't Let Fibromyalgia Keep You Down

If you're a woman with fibromyalgia, don't negativity and stereotypes stop you from achieving your goals.

By Ginger Vieira
Young woman walking on a treadmill at home.
Managing Flares

Products for Managing Fibromyalgia Flare-Ups

These seven products can help you prevent or manage fibromyalgia flare-ups at home.

By Ginger Vieira
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Living With

You Can Vacation with Chronic Pain

With a little pre-planning, your vacation can still be the enjoyable experience you want it to be, even if you have chronic pain or fibromyalgia.

By Karen Lee Richards

Meet the Experts

Ginger Vieira
Health Writer & Patient Advocate

Ginger Vieira is an author who has lived with Type 1 diabetes and Celiac disease since 1999, and fibromyalgia since 2014.

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.
Health Writer

Since 2004, Dr. Davenport has shared her passion for health and knowledge of the psycho-social aspects of chronic diseases with the HealthCentral community.

Stephanie Stephens
Health Writer

Stephanie Stephens is a digital journalist, audio/video producer and host, specializing in health and celebrities.