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Fibromyalgia (FM), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), & myofascial pain

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www.ProHealth.com • March 12, 1996


The prevalence of fibromyalgia in the general population was found
to be 2% and increased with age. Multiple traumatic factors,
including sexual and physical abuse, may be important
initiating events. The most important pathophysiologic studies
in fibromyalgia included evidence of altered blood flow to the
brain and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal dysfunction. The
prevalence of chronic fatigue syndrome is much less than that
of fibromyalgia. Epidemiologic studies demonstrated that
chronic fatigue and symptoms of fibromyalgia are distributed
as continuous variables in the general population. No
association between chronic fatigue and initial infections was
seen in primary care practices. [References: 95]

Goldenberg DL




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