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Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder estimated to affect 2 percent of the U.S. population, or approximately 5 million people.(1) Women are more likely to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, but men also develop the disorder.(3) While no two people experience fibromyalgia in the same way, common symptoms include widespread chronic pain and tenderness, fatigue,(4) problems with memory, concentration or disorganized thinking,(5) emotional changes(6)and sleep problems.(4) While the causes of fibromyalgia remain unknown, some experts believe it is due to some combination of changes in brain and spinal cord chemistry(2), genetics(7)and stress(8).
About Martha Beck, Ph.D.
Martha Beck, Ph.D., has lived with fibromyalgia for almost 30 years and understands the challenges those with the disorder face. She has a bachelor's, a master's and a Ph.D. in sociology, all three from Harvard University, and has published books and articles on a variety of social science and business topics. She also is a columnist for O, the Oprah Magazine. Beck is sharing her story as the official spokesperson of Know Fibro.
About the National Fibromyalgia Association
The National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) is a nonprofit [501(c)(3)]
organization whose mission is to develop and execute programs dedicated to
improving the quality of life for people with fibromyalgia. The NFA
concentrates on patient support services, awareness outreach, physician
education and research. The NFA produces informational materials, hosts a
patient Web si
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