- The term fibromyalgia was coined by researcher Mohammed Yunus as a synonym for fibrositis and was first used in a scientific publication in 1981. Fibromyalgia is from the Latin “fibro” (fibre) and the Greek words “myo” (muscle) and “algos” (pain).
- Fibromyalgia has gone by many names over the years, including “muscular rheumatism”, fibrositis”, “psychogenic rheumatism”, and “neurasthenia” were applied historically to symptoms resembling those of fibromyalgia.
- Fibromyalgia is seen in about 2% of the general population and affects more females than males, with a ratio of 9:1 by ACR criteria. It is most commonly diagnosed in individuals between the ages of 20 and 50, though onset can occur in childhood.
- A clinical diagnosis is made when a patient has widespread pain in all four quadrants of the body for a minimum of three months and displays at least 11 of the 18 specified and classic tender points for fibromyalgia.
In the meantime, if you have fibromyalgia, my first piece of advice is to start today to improve your tissue health and decrease the sensitivity in your body by removal of toxins and improving mobility of the nervous system – how do you achieve this you ask? EXERCISE!! Yes, get that body moving!