Wednesday, March 2, 2011

How Much Do You Know About Fibromyalgia?

This is a GREAT quiz to learn more about fibro, it really covers the gamut of symptoms and info and is pretty thorough and informative. Share with friends and family to see how much they know, and perhaps teach them a little more about fibro along the way!

For example, I knew that fibro is a syndrome and not a disease, but I wasn't clear on the difference, now I know:

Syndrome (collection of signs, symptoms, and medical problems that tend to occur together but are not related to a specific, identifiable cause.)

Disease (a medical condition with a specific cause and recognizable signs and symptoms.)

Also, I learned that "People with fibromyalgia have abnormal levels of a chemical which helps transmit pain signals to and from the brain. The chemical is known as substance P." I have never heard of this and really want to look into it further! Has anyone else heard of this substance P theory??


  1. Also to note, the first question also touches on how fibromyalgia is not truly a form of arthritis but is considered an arthritis-related condition and a rheumatic disease, which explains why many treatments that I try that are good for arthritics also seem to help me and my fibro!

  2. Substance P is found in the spinal fluid. I had heard about it, but I don't know much more than that. I have also seen that studies indicate less gray matters in fibro patients than healthy people.

  3. Ya, I have seen those gray matters studies too, I think for the time being I am kind of ignoring that info, cause it is too depressing for me to think about! :/