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Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Fall 2019

Department 1

Health Sciences


Fibromyalgia is a chronic musculoskeletal disorder which results in widespread pain, fatigue, cognitive difficulties, and emotional distress (CDC, 2017). It is also associated with abnormal pain processing. About 2% of US adults have Fibromyalgia, and the disease is more common in middle-aged women, particularly those who have other illnesses like Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis (CDC, 2017). The exact cause of the disease is unknown, but it is likely a combination of genetics, infections and physical and emotional trauma. Since the exact cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown, treatment options vary. Medication, stress management techniques and an exercise plan are all examples of treatments used for Fibromyalgia. Treatment is important due to the negative impact Fibromyalgia has on life functioning. Fibromyalgia research has progressed in recent years as more clinicians put definitive diagnostic measures in place, researchers investigated various theories on causes and they have continued to explore new treatment options.


Written for HS 311: Neuromuscular Physiology.

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