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Fibromyalgia is a chronic health condition that causes widespread pain and tenderness in the body. People living with fibromyalgia may experience extreme fatigue, sleep issues, and memory problems, among other symptoms.

These symptoms aren’t measurable with standard testing, which can make fibromyalgia easy for doctors to misdiagnose.

Fibromyalgia affects around 4 million people in the United States, estimates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Women are more often affected than men.

While there’s no cure for fibromyalgia, there are treatment options available. Many people find the most positive outcome with a mix of medication and self-care techniques. These include taking part in a consistent fitness regimen and mindfulness exercises.

Understanding the options available can also help people living with fibromyalgia find ways to manage it effectively. The organizations, advocacy and support groups, online resources, and books listed below are a great place to begin.

These national and international nonprofit organizations are a valuable source of medically accurate information about fibromyalgia research, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. They also serve as important reminders that people living with fibromyalgia don’t have to do so alone.

Knowledge is power, and that’s especially true for people navigating life with fibromyalgia. Advocacy and awareness groups can provide information about dealing with insurance, finding the right services, and how to become involved in changing perceptions about fibromyalgia.

Support groups act as safe, supportive spaces for people who are directly or indirectly affected by fibromyalgia. These are useful places to share information, offer moral support, and motivate one another to live healthy, happy lives in spite of chronic pain.

Books about fibromyalgia can offer comprehensive information relating to treatment and self-care. Readers can find specific tools for managing fibromyalgia.

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