Fibromyalgia. The very word can give you creep. This is an arthritis-related illness and is sadly very common.

The sadder part is that illness is misunderstood and misdiagnosed more often than not. The main characteristics of this problem are fatigue, joint pain, and muscle pain. However, there are many myths surrounding this illness that need to be cleared. Here are a few:

  1. Many people don’t even believe that fibromyalgia exists! Many doctors are included in this list. They say that the pain is ‘in your head’ and don’t bother about it further. The fact is that the pain is not in the head. It is in the joints and it is a chronic problem that needs attention.
  2. Another myth is that people think fibromyalgia is a sole condition. Not necessarily. Fibromyalgia can occur with other conditions, too, such as sleep disorders, depression, and chronic fatigue syndrome. A report suggests that people who have thyroid problems run the risk of developing this condition.
  3. People also think that this condition affects only women. There is no denying that it affects women mostly but that does not mean it is gender specific. There have been many cases of men suffering with the problem, too.
  4. A popular myth is that people think fibromyalgia can’t be treated. This is an absolute misconception. There are actually many treatments for this problem. Some treatments are muscle relaxers, antidepressants, and anti-inflammatories.

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