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What is fibromyalgia?

What is fibromyalgia?

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a very common chronic pain syndrome (affecting 1.6% of the population) and in women. Chronic fatigue syndrome can be associated with diffuse chronic pain in the tendons, joints and muscles, weakness (weakness), sleep and cognitive impairment (related to thinking), tension headache, tactile sensitivity (sensory abnormalities), digestive function Disorders, genitourinary symptoms, etc.

Genetics, hormones, a kind of psycho-social-professional dilemma will constitute favorable conditions. Trauma, infection, and life events can trigger fibromyalgia.

If this diagnosis is properly classified, the disease will further sow confusion in the minds of the public and many caregivers. It is important to go beyond scientific research and better understand the patient's profile, expectations and the main effects of the disease in real life. To this end, a very detailed self-survey of 4,516 people with fibromyalgia * was carried out, comprising 103 questions.


In the survey, the majority of affected women (92%) have an average age of 48 years and have a slight tendency to be overweight. Fibromyalgia patients usually have related illnesses (comorbidities). the investigation confirmed it, considering that osteoarthritis was much earlier than endometriosis or hypothyroidism; psychologically, one in two people have found cognitive impairment, anxiety or depression.

Dr Julien Guinin, co-coordinator of the “fibromyalgia in real life” survey, pain assessment and treatment center (Saint Antoine and Cochin hospitals, Paris): “These people do not only suffer in their flesh but also in life in general: the impact of fibromyalgia on life is widely felt, by more than 85% of people affected. fortunately, 58% of them experience periods of remission. "

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