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What is FM

About Fibromyalgia (FM)

Introduction 

What is FM?

Fibromyalgia, FM, is a chronic illness that causes pain and tenderness throughout the body, as well as fatigue and trouble sleeping. People with FM do not experience post-exertional malaise (PEM), as seen in ME and Long-COVID. 

 

Fibro  = Fibrous tissue
My = Muscle

Algia = Pain

Impact of FM

FM symptoms, such as chronic pain, sleep and/or cognitive dysfunction, can result in disability from work-life and/or activities of daily living. Also, like ME and Long-COVID, FM greatly impacts quality of life.  

FM pain can vary from person to person. Pain can also vary in location and intensity on a daily or hourly basis. 

Who can get FM?

FM can affect children and adults. However, most people are diagnosed mid-life. FM often occurs after a significant event, such as severe illness or infection, physical trauma (such as surgery or a car accident), or significant psychological stress.

 

In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.

Treatments and resources

Complex Chronic Diseases Program (CCDP), BC Womens
and Childrens Hospital
 
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HealthLink BC


 
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Complex Chronic Diseases Program (CCDP), BC Womens
and Childrens Hospital
 
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