Theres More to Fibromyalgia than Pain

Recognize the spectrum of symptoms associated with this complex condition to get the proper diagnosis and treatment.

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Carmen Gota, MD, hears an assortment of words that patients use to describe fibromyalgia pain: burning, stabbing, excruciating, and agonizing, to name a few. But this list of terms is no more diverse than the range of symptoms fibromyalgia patients experience, often with life-altering effects. "Fibromyalgia is a spectrum, and pain is only one aspect of it," says Dr. Gota, a staff member at Cleveland Clinics Department of Rheumatologic and Immunologic Disease. "Its a very debilitating disease for a number of patients. Quality of life, social life, financial life-everything is affected."
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