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    Fibromyalgia

    Important
    It is possible that the main title of the report Fibromyalgia is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.

    Synonyms

    • Fibromyositis
    • Fibrositis
    • Muscular Rheumatism
    • Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome
    • Nonarticular Rheumatism
    • Periarticular Fibrositis
    • Rheumatoid Myositis
    • Tension Myalgia

    Disorder Subdivisions

    • None

    General Discussion

    Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by pain throughout much of the body. The pain may begin gradually or have a sudden onset. Other symptoms are muscle spasms, fatigue, muscle tissue stiffness and non- restorative (unrefreshing) sleep. The exact cause of this disorder is unknown.

    The terms Fibrositis, Fibromyositis, Periarticular Fibrositis and Rheumatoid Myositis are still being used by many to describe this condition. The ending of "itis" on each of these terms is actually incorrect. "Itis" means inflammation, and there is no inflammation in Fibromyalgia. The term Fibromyalgia has now become the accepted term, but many people continue to be diagnosed with the other synonyms. Tension Myalgia is another synonym that is currently being used.

    Resources

    National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia Association
    P.O. Box 18426
    Kansas City, MO 64133
    USA
    Tel: (816)737-1343
    Fax: (816)524-6782
    Email: information@ncfsfa.org
    Internet: http://www.ncfsfa.org

    American Chronic Pain Association
    P.O. Box 850
    Rocklin, CA 95677
    USA
    Tel: (916)632-0922
    Fax: (916)652-8190
    Tel: (800)533-3231
    Email: ACPA@theacpa.org
    Internet: http://www.theacpa.org

    American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.
    22100 Gratiot Ave.
    Eastpointe, MI 48021
    Tel: (586)776-3900
    Fax: (586)776-3903
    Tel: (800)598-4668
    Email: aarda@aarda.org
    Internet: http://www.aarda.org/

    Arthritis Foundation
    1330 West Peachtree Street, Suite 100
    Atlanta, GA 30309
    USA
    Tel: (404)872-7100
    Tel: (800)283-7800
    Email: arthritisfoundation@arthritis.org
    Internet: http://www.arthritis.org

    NIH/National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
    Information Clearinghouse
    One AMS Circle
    Bethesda, MD 20892-3675
    USA
    Tel: (301)495-4484
    Fax: (301)718-6366
    Tel: (877)226-4267
    TDD: (301)565-2966
    Email: NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov
    Internet: http://www.niams.nih.gov/

    National CFIDS Foundation, Inc.
    103 Aletha Road
    Needham, MA 02492-3931
    Tel: (781)449-3535
    Fax: (781)449-8606
    Email: info@ncf-net.org
    Internet: http://www.ncf-net.org

    CF-Alliance
    P.O. Box 9204
    Bardonia, NY 10954
    Tel: (914)648-9197
    Fax: (845)215-0041
    Email: cf_alliance@yahoo.com
    Internet: http://www.cfalliance.org/

    Erythema Nodosum Yahoo Support Group
    Internet: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/erythema_nodosum_Group/

    Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
    PO Box 8126
    Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
    Tel: (301)251-4925
    Fax: (301)251-4911
    Tel: (888)205-2311
    TDD: (888)205-3223
    Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

    Madisons Foundation
    PO Box 241956
    Los Angeles, CA 90024
    Tel: (310)264-0826
    Fax: (310)264-4766
    Email: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
    Internet: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org

    Autoimmune Information Network, Inc.
    PO Box 4121
    Brick, NJ 08723
    Fax: (732)543-7285
    Email: autoimmunehelp@aol.com

    Irish Chronic Pain Association
    Coleraine House, Coleraine St.
    Dublin, 7
    Ireland
    Tel: 35318047567
    Fax: 35318047567
    Email: info@chronicpain.ie
    Internet: http://www.chronicpain.ie

    KickAS.org
    11688 North Sage Brook Road
    Oro Valley, AZ 85737-7342
    Tel: (520)544-3023
    Fax: (520)544-3023
    Email: kickas@gmail.com
    Internet: http://www.kickas.org

    European Society for Immunodeficiencies
    1-3 rue de Chantepoulet
    Geneva, CH 1211
    Switzerland
    Tel: 410229080484
    Fax: 41229069140
    Email: esid@kenes.com
    Internet: http://www.esid.org

    AutoImmunity Community
    Email: moderator@autoimmunitycommunity.org
    Internet: http://www.autoimmunitycommunity.org

    Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF)
    515 N. Midland Ave.
    Upper Nyack, NY 10960
    Tel: (845)348-0400
    Fax: (845)348-0210
    Tel: (800)701-8275
    Email: contact@ghlf.org
    Internet: http://www.ghlf.org/

    For a Complete Report:

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

    The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

    It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

    This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

    For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

    Last Updated: 3/24/2008
    Copyright 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

    WebMD Medical Reference from the National Organization for Rare Disorders

    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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