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  • 1. Understanding Fibromyalgia
    An Explanatory Photo Gallery By Maggie Lohmiller
  • 2. What is Fibromyalgia?
    Photo Courtesy of Google.
    “…chronic widespread muscular pain and symptoms such as fatigue, sleep disturbances, stiffness, cognitive and memory problems, and symptoms of depression and anxiety…”
    - American College of Rheumatology
  • 3. Common Symptoms
    Photo Courtesy of A Disease A Day
    Above shows a short list
    of the most common symptoms.
  • 4. Fibromyalgia Cycle
    Photo Courtesy of The Medical Symptoms Database
    Symptoms tend to
    appear in a cyclical series.
  • 5. The 18 Tender Points
    Photo Courtesy of www.fibromyalgia-leesburg.com
    Fibromyalgia sufferers experience tenderness in the parts of the body illustrated above.
  • 6. Stressors Can Exacerbate Symptoms
    Photo Courtesy of Fibro Center.
    Patients were polled on what
    stressors aggravate their symptoms.
  • 7. Treatments: Medication
    Photo Courtesy of Photo Courtesy of Lyrica, Google, Savella.
    There are few fibromyalgia-specific drugs, however there are numerous other types of drugs prescribed to best fit the patient’s symptoms.
  • 8. Treatments: Alternative and Complementary
    Photo Courtesy of Photo Courtesy of Google.
    Diet, massage therapy, exercise, stress-management, acupuncture, herbal supplements, and ample sleep are all treatments for Fibromyalgia.
  • 9. Fibromyalgia Awareness
    Photo Courtesy of National Fibromyalgia Association.
    The mission of the National Fibromyalgia Association is to bring awareness and
    promote research about this disorder.