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WHAT IS FMS?

FMS (Fibromyalgia Syndrome) is a widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder for which the cause is still unknown.  Fibromyalgia means pain in the muscles, ligaments and tendons - the soft fibrous tissues in the body.  FMS used to be called Fibrositis, implying that there was inflammation in the muscles, but research later proved that inflammation did not exist.

Most patients with FMS say that they ache all over.  Their muscles may feel like they have been pulled or overworked.  sometimes the muscles twitch and at other times they burn.  More women than men are afflicted with FMS.  Yet, studies reveal that the condition is equally severe in both genders and that it shows up in people of all ages.

To help your family and friends relate to your condition have them think back to the last time they had a bad flu.  Every muscle in their body shouted out in pain.  In addition, they felt devoid of energy as though someone had unplugged their power supply.  While the severity of symptoms fluctuate from person to person, FMS may resemble a post-viral state.  This similarity is the reason why some experts in the field of FMS and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) believe that these two syndromes may be one and the same.  Other conditions that overlap with FMS include Gulf War Syndrome and multiple chemical sensitivities.