10 Fast Facts: Fibromyalgia Is Real
Those of us who live with fibromyalgia know the pain, cognitive dysfunction, poor sleep quality, and fatigue. We understand and can discuss these things with fellow patients, but when we are confronted with someone who knows very little about FM, we sometimes become tongue-tied. Maybe that’s because fibromyalgia is a complex disorder and fibrofog gets in our way. Maybe we let others play on our vulnerabilities, making us feel insecure about our response.
And, maybe we can do better by being prepared with some quick facts.
Following are ten fast facts that will allow your tongue to flow freely as it forms the words that prove fibromyalgia is real.
- Fibromyalgia is not a new disorder. As reported in our book, the collective symptoms of fibromyalgia (a syndrome) were first documented in the early 1800s by British surgeon, William Balfour. Nearly a century later, another British pioneer, Sir William Gowers, gave the syndrome its first name, fibromyocitis. Throughout time, fibromyalgia has been known by names that reflect the understanding of the era.
- Fibromyalgia is a physical problem that has demonstrated abnormal blood flow in specific areas of the brain and brain scans show unique brain activity in response to pain.