Updated August 12, 1999

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder involving chronic pain in your muscles,ligaments and tendons.Fibromyalgia is also known as Fibromyositsis, rheumatic pain modulation disorder or Fibrositis Syndrome.

What are the symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

Polysomnography shows alpha activity during non-REM sleep, particularly stage 3 and 4 sleep. A Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) shows a normal amount of time in falling asleep.

What is the treatment for Fibromyalgia?

A low dose of tri-cyclic antidepressants seem to help. Exercise and relaxation techniques are suggested. Sometimes an analgesic is prescribed.

Articles on Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Resources

Fibromyalgia Alliance of America
P. O. Box 21990
Columbus, OH 43221-0990
Phone: (614) 457-4222

The Fibromyalgia Alliance of America, Inc. is a professional self-help not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by Fibromyalgia. Established in 1986, the Alliance provides state-of-the-art knowledge concerning Fibromyalgia to the medical community; supports research into the causes of Fibromyalgia and effective treatments for Fibromyalgia; educates the public and private sector about Fibromyalgia; and provides information and support to affected individuals, their families, and others. The Fibromyalgia Alliance produces educational and support materials including a quarterly newsletter, brochures, pamphlets, and a comprehensive booklet entitled "The Fibromyalgia Syndrome." The Alliance also sponsors three general meetings each year and several seminars.

National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia Association
P.O. Box 18426
Kansas City MO 64133
Phone: (816) 313-2000
Fax: (816) 524-6782

The National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia Association is a voluntary health organization that was incorporated in 1988. The Association was formed to educate and inform the public about the nature and impact of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and related disorders. In 1993, Fibromyalgia was added to the organizationšs educational efforts. The primary focus of The National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia Association is to offer scientifically accurate information to people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. Brochures, booklets, and videos are available from the organization. A periodic newsletter and fact sheet are also produced and distributed by the organization.

American Chronic Pain Association
P.O. Box 850
Rocklin CA 95677
Phone: (916) 632-0922
Fax: (916) 632-3208

The American Chronic Pain Association is a nonprofit self-help organization that provides assistance and hope to individuals with chronic pain. Established in 1980, the American Chronic Pain Association operates support groups throughout the United States and offers its members positive and constructive methods for dealing with chronic pain.Groups usually consist of approximately 10 members who learn useful techniques for pain management through discussion, mutual support, and informational exchanges. Educational materials produced by the American Chronic Pain Association include "Help & Hope" pamphlets and brochures, guidelines for the selection of a pain unit, the "American Chronic Pain Association Member Workbook," tapes, and the "American Chronic Pain Association Chronicle."

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