What is Fibro My Wha Cha Call It (Fibromyalgia)?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic, invisible disability characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, memory issues, and mood swings. The exact cause remains unclear, but it's believed to involve a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors. Treatment typically involves a multidisciplinary approach, including medication, physical therapy, exercise, and cognitive-behavioral therapy to manage symptoms and improve quality of life.

Fibromyalgia affects people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds, but it's most commonly diagnosed in women between the ages of 20 and 50. Prevalence estimates vary, but it's believed to affect around 2-4% of the population worldwide. While fibromyalgia isn't life-threatening, it can significantly impact daily functioning and quality of life.

Prognosis varies from person to person, with some experiencing periods of remission and others managing symptoms long-term. Awareness is crucial to provide support, reduce stigma, and improve access to resources and treatment options. May is designated as National Fibromyalgia Awareness Month, with May 12th recognized as International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, honoring Florence Nightingale's birthday, who possibly had fibromyalgia. Increasing awareness helps foster understanding and empathy for those living with this complex condition.

As a person with Fibromyalgia and a Fibro Forerunner in advocacy, building awareness of Fibromyalgia and supporting efforts to teach self-advocacy to people with Fibromyalgia is very important to our founder.

Visit the following sites for more information about Fibromyalgia:

The Fibro Diva Report

Fibro Patient Education