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Fibromyalgia

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

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Diagnosis

An Accurate Blood Test for Fibromyalgia

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

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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.

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Nutrition

Should You Lay Off the Cheese and Yogurt — Or Load Up?

Conflicting research says that for some inflammatory conditions, dairy is harmful, while for others, it’s actually helpful. Find out if your condition is one that should be loading up on cheese, or ridding dairy altogether.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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Managing Flares

Products for Managing Fibromyalgia Flare-Ups

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

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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.

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Living With

Tips for Exercising With Fibromyalgia

People with fibromyalgia tend to shy away from exercise, but these tips can help you stay fit by developing a pain-free exercise program you actually enjoy.

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Ginger Vieira
Patient Expert
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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.
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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
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