More than 5 million Americans have fibromyalgia, and another 1 million are living with chronic fatigue syndrome. Find out what fibro is, what symptoms it produces, and how you can deal with fibro fog and fibromyalgia pain.

What is Fibromyalgia?

by Robert S. Katz, MD

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes pain all over the body, and it is among the most common and least understood of all the arthritis-related conditions. Although millions of Americans have it, there is a great deal that remains unknown about fibromyalgia and how it works in the body. This state of affairs has […]

Fibromyalgia: Lifting the fog

by Robert S. Katz, M.D.

Many people with fibromyalgia report cognitive dysfunction (fibrofog)—including problems with thinking and memory and difficulty finding the right words.

Fibromyalgia: Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment

by Joseph Gustaitis

Researchers at Rice University and in Israel conducted a study to test an unconventional treatment for fibromyalgia—the use of a hyperbaric oxygen chamber.

Pain & the Mind-Body Connection: Chronic fatigue syndrome

by Joseph Gustaitis

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is, for doctors, a puzzling condition to treat. CFS is characterized by extreme tiredness; other symptoms include muscle pain, insomnia, weakness, and poor memory and concentration. What makes it exasperating is that there is no readily apparent underlying medical cause. In other words, experts have not been able to determine where […]

Pregabalin Improves Fibromyalgia Pain, Study Shows

by Megan Kaplon

A study of four similarly-designed clinical trials showed a portion of people with fibromyalgia (a chronic condition that causes pain all over the body) who took the drug pregabalin (brand name Lyrica) showed improvements in pain and sleep as soon as the first day of treatment. The participants in each of the four 8- to […]


by Robert S. Dinsmoor

A neurotransmitter (a type of chemical that nerve cells use to communicate with one other) that appears to be involved in mood, appetite, sleep, intestinal motility, memory, and learning. Disruption in serotonin levels may play a role in fibromyalgia, a syndrome characterized by pain, stiffness, multiple tender points throughout the body, and fatigue. Medicines that […]

Fibro Fog

by Robert S. Katz, MD, and Frank Leavitt, PhD

When Fibromyalgia Affects Your Thinking Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by widespread pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and, often, psychological distress. Of the approximately 10% of Americans who report chronic widespread pain, many of them meet the criteria for fibromyalgia. Many people with fibromyalgia also report cognitive dysfunction—problems with thinking and memory, which may include “muddy” […]


by Robert S. Dinsmoor

A chronic condition characterized by pain all over the body. An estimated 5 million Americans over the age of 18 have fibromyalgia, and 80% to 90% of people affected by fibromyalgia are women. The exact cause of fibromyalgia is currently unknown, though it often runs in families, and researchers believe it may be linked to […]

Physical Activity Alleviates Fibromyalgia

by Cooper B. Wilhelm

People with fibromyalgia often experience debilitating fatigue, increased sensitivity, and pain all over their bodies. As a result, it’s understandable that many people with fibromyalgia avoid exercise. However, the findings of a study recently accepted to Arthritis Care & Research suggest that increased physical activity will not increase pain in people with fibromyalgia, and may […]

New Fibromyalgia Research

by Cooper B. Wilhelm

A new study suggests that an experimental treatment for fibromyalgia could be safe and effective.

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