What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder often characterized by widespread pain, fatigue, disturbed sleep, depression, and cognitive impairment. Other symptoms of this disorder can include tingling in the hands and feet, and headaches. Fibromyalgia is considered to be mediated mainly in the central nervous system.
How common is fibromyalgia?
- Approximately 5 million Americans, 90% of whom are women, are estimated to suffer from fibromyalgia
Treatment options are limited
- There are only three pharmacologic treatments for fibromyalgia currently approved by the FDA