Also called:

  • Fibrositis
  • Diffuse myofascial pain syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia myalgia syndrome (FMS)
  • Muscular rheumatism
  • “Fibro”

Fibromyalgia is a chronic health condition that affects about 2 to 4 percent of the global population, and anywhere from 6 to 12 million people in the United States. Anyone can be diagnosed with this condition, but it seems to affect cisgender women far more often than cisgender men. 

Keep reading to learn more about fibromyalgia, including its signs and symptoms, how it’s diagnosed and managed, and what it’s like to live with this condition.


Is fibromyalgia an autoimmune disorder?

Fibromyalgia is not an autoimmune disorder, but it does often co-occur with other autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Researchers do believe that fibromyalgia is related to some sort of dysfunction with the central nervous system (CNS). But it’s still not known exactly what causes the condition.

How serious is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia can be debilitating in some cases, and, while it isn’t fatal, it can lead to serious symptoms and consequences for individuals who have it. Because it’s tough to diagnose, a person with fibromyalgia may struggle for a long time with their symptoms before understanding what’s causing their discomfort and finding an effective treatment. 

It is possible for people with fibromyalgia to learn how to manage their symptoms, improve their overall health, and enjoy a good quality of life. 

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