Is fibromyalgia real?


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Mayo Clinic reports that fibromyalgia is a real physiological and neurochemical condition. Common misconceptions assert that fibromyalgia is an imagined problem or a catch-all diagnosis when doctors do not know how to tell what is wrong with a patient.

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As of 2014, there is still much that is unknown about fibromyalgia, but people who suffer from the condition process pain signals differently through the brain and spinal cord, according to Mayo Clinic. The lack of a definitive and effective treatment for fibromyalgia causes frustration and perpetuates myths or doubts about the condition's existence. However, health care providers are beginning to discover how certain lifestyle changes can be effective in alleviating symptoms, as of 2014.

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