Learn as much as you can about
fibromyalgia. Understanding your disease may make
coping with it easier.
Fibromyalgia is a physical condition that can
also affect your mood. It is not "all in your head." But like many people
who have chronic pain, people with fibromyalgia are more likely to have
depression and may require specific treatment for it.
depression can often make fibromyalgia worse. Dealing with the symptoms of
fibromyalgia can itself cause stress and depression. This cycle can become very
Fibromyalgia does not cause permanent damage to the
muscles or joints. For some people, though, chronic pain does disrupt daily
life and makes certain activities more difficult. Home treatment to control
your pain and other symptoms may allow you to continue your usual
Most people can manage their symptoms with the help of
their regular doctors. If needed, seeing a doctor who specializes in
treating conditions that affect the joints and muscles (rheumatologist) or a
doctor who specializes in physical rehabilitation (physiatrist) may be
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