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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.
- Muscular Rheumatism
- Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome
- Nonarticular Rheumatism
- Periarticular Fibrositis
- Rheumatoid Myositis
- Tension Myalgia
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.
National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia Association
P.O. Box 18426
Kansas City, MO 64133
American Chronic Pain Association
P.O. Box 850
Rocklin, CA 95677
American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.
22100 Gratiot Ave.
Eastpointe, MI 48021
1330 West Peachtree Street, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30309
NIH/National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
One AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3675
National CFIDS Foundation, Inc.
103 Aletha Road
Needham, MA 02492-3931
P.O. Box 9204
Bardonia, NY 10954
Erythema Nodosum Yahoo Support Group
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Autoimmune Information Network, Inc.
PO Box 4121
Brick, NJ 08723
Irish Chronic Pain Association
Coleraine House, Coleraine St.
11688 North Sage Brook Road
Oro Valley, AZ 85737-7342
European Society for Immunodeficiencies
1-3 rue de Chantepoulet
Geneva, CH 1211
Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF)
515 N. Midland Ave.
Upper Nyack, NY 10960
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