Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that affects 10 million Americans, but it is often misunderstood. According to a survey conducted by the American Osteopathic Association, many patients delay diagnosis and treatment because of a fear that they will be perceived as "faking" the disease.
Beyond this stigma, patients can relieve the symptoms of this condition with treatment and lead full lives. The first step is talking to a physician who can develop an individualized approach to managing your symptoms. With the support of a physician, as well as friends and family, you can live an active life with fibromyalgia.