Individuals with fibromyalgia typically experience the following symptoms:
- Chronic pain
- Diffuse muscle tenderness
- Chronic fatigue
- Problems with thinking and memory (sometimes called “brain fog”)
The severity is unique for each individual and varies based on a number of factors such as time of day, weather, physical activities, and stress.
Until now, fibromyalgia had long been thought to be a rheumatologic or neurologic syndrome (collection of symptoms) that could only be determined by ruling out other medical conditions, making clinical diagnosis challenging and coverage for fibromyalgia treatment inconsistent.
Fibromyalgia is not a gender specific disease and affects men, women and children equally, regardless of age and ethnicity. However, women are typically more active in seeking a diagnosis.
Fibromyalgia may actually affect millions more individuals in the United States than originally thought, according to the Mayo Clinic study, as many individuals are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
Thanks to research from the EpicGenetics, we now know fibromyalgia is an immune system disorder and a real disease. This research has also allowed EpicGenetics to develop a simple, objective blood test for fibromyalgia. For millions of undiagnosed patients, The FM/a® Test provides a conclusive answer of whether you have fibromyalgia – at a fraction of the time and cost that a typical patient spends seeking a diagnosis.
If you are diagnosed with fibromyalgia, here are some steps you can take to live well with the condition:
- Work with your doctor and medical team to choose a treatment plan tailored to your needs. This may include medicines, exercises, stress management, and other therapies.
- Educate yourself on the changing face of fibromyalgia. New research may soon lead to new therapies and treatments for people living with fibromyalgia.
- Ask for help if you need it from friends and family. You can also connect with the fibromyalgia community at any number of on-line and web-based community forums.