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Is fibromyalgia a real disease?

Expert:   Betty Keller, MD, FACR, Board Certified Internal Medicine & Rheumatology »

Fibromyalgia is recognized as a syndrome by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and others, making it a real disease, right?

Transcript: Fibromyalgia is considered a syndrome, not a disease. That means it is a cluster of symptoms that may or may not all stem from the same cause, but that tend to appear together in people who have the condition. Unfortunately, some people attribute fibromyalgia symptoms to depression, or an underlying psychological disorder. All of this makes it difficult to diagnose. The National Fibromyalgia Association points out that extensive psychological tests of people with fibromyalgia have shown that’s fibromyalgia is not all in your head. And research now indicates conclusively that it IS a real neurological condition that affects two to four percent of the population. Fortunately, today fibromyalgia is recognized as a syndrome by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College of Rheumatology, the Arthritis Foundation, and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Additionally, the FDA has approved three drugs to treat the condition, and fibromyalgia even has a designated code for insurance forms. So don’t let anyone suggest that your discomfort, fatigue and acute pain is all in your head.For more answers to your fibromyalgia questions, check out other videos in this series. More »

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