Got Chronic Pain? The Top Conditions That Cause It -- and How to Get Relief!

The best way to treat your pain if you have fibromyalgia, back pain,arthritis and other common conditions (22 Photos)

Laura Flynn McCarthy on Jun 14, 2012 at 11:47AM

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Got Chronic Pain? The Top Conditions That Cause It -- and How to Get Relief!

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Fibromyalgia

Sometimes called a “syndrome,” fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain, fatigue, trouble sleeping, bladder or bowel problems, hypersensitivity to stimuli including temperature changes, noises or bright lights, and in some people, memory symptoms and trouble thinking clearly (“fibro fog”). About 5 million American adults, more than 80 percent of them women, have fibromyalgia, which has no known cause. It is believed to have a genetic component, so if someone in your family has fibromyalgia you might be at increased risk of it, too. For people prone to fibromyalgia, a traumatic event (car accident, physical or sexual abuse, divorce, death), an illness or a repetitive injury may trigger the syndrome.

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