The Dragon Grins
Where Did I Leave It?
The Brainstem and Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia/Myofascial Pain Syndrome Handouts
Addresses & Miscellaneous Info
The Copenhagen Declaration
Related Disorders: FMS/CFS/CFIDS
Fibromyalgia (FMS) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Facts About Fibromyalgia Syndrome
- It is estimated that 10 to 11 million Americans,
most frequently females, manifest symptoms characteristic of Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FS).
- The median age at onset of FS is between 29 and 37,
while the median age of medical presentation is between 34 and 53.
- Twenty percent of patients with rheumatoid arthritis also have FS,
while both migraine and non-migraine headaches have been shown to
occur in up to 58 percent of patients with FS.
- The most frequently reported symptoms of FS include:
1) aches and pains similar to flu-like exhaustion,
2) multiple tender points, 3) stiffness, 4) decreased exercise endurance,
5) fatigue, 6) muscle spasms, and 7) paresthesis (burning or tingling of the skin).
- Irritable bowel syndrome, Raynaud's phenomenon, chronic fatigue syndrome,
dysmenorrhea, mitral valve prolapse, temporomandibular joint syndrome,
yeast infections, anxiety and clinical depression also have been associated with symptoms of FS.
Are Brain Waves the Key to Treating Fibromyalgia?
- The Arthritis
Foundation offers a Fibromyalgia Self-Help
Course in many locations across the United States
to help participants learn how to manage physical
symptoms, exercise, control stress and find
support from others. For a free Fibromyalgia
brochure, contact your local chapter of the
Arthritis Foundation, telephone 1-800-283-7800,
or order it online.
- British Columbia Fibromyalgia Society
- the Association also aims
to better educate the public, including doctors,
health workers, governments and family members,
about the effects of Fibromyalgia - and the need
for support and a cure.
- National Fibromyalgia Association
- The NFA is committed to efforts that will increase
FM awareness and improve treatment options for people
Patient Support Center
- The CFS FAQ
- Chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome
(CFIDS, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, CFS,
myalgic encephalomyelitis, ME and by many other names)
is a complex and debilitating chronic illness that
affects the brain and multiple body systems.
Modified October 7, 2005