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Fibromyalgia

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Quiz: Do You Understand Fibromyalgia?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

Questions
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1

The cause of fibromyalgia is thought to be the nerves and brain amplifying pain signals.

Explanation:
The cause of fibromyalgia is thought to be the nerves and brain amplifying pain signals. The brain loses the ability to send signals to stop pain, and over time classifies everything as a pain signal.
2

If you have fibromyalgia, stiffness and pain can be worse in the morning.

Explanation:
Symptoms of fibromyalgia include stiffness and pain - which can be worse in the morning or after activity, severe fatigue, difficulty sleeping or concentrating and emotional changes.
3

Fibromyalgia is not associated with any other conditions.

Explanation:
Fibromyalgia is associated with other conditions including depression, irritable bowel or bladder, migraine headaches and restless leg syndrome.
4

There is a specific test for fibromyalgia.

Explanation:
There is no test that shows fibromyalgia, so other conditions that cause widespread pain have to be ruled out. A healthcare professional can diagnose fibromyalgia with a thorough assessment and examination. While fibromyalgia can’t be diagnosed with an x-ray or blood test, your provider may perform those to rule out other conditions.
5

Antidepressants are one of the treatments for fibromyalgia.

Explanation:
Fibromyalgia treatments include pain medication, antidepressants, exercise, physiotherapy, stress reduction techniques and cognitive behavioural therapy.