The Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain process pain signals. 

Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress.  In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.

Women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men.  Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.

There is no cure for fibromyalgia, a variety of medications can help control symptoms.  Exercise, relaxation and stress-reduction measures also may help.

The pain associated with fibromyalgia often is described as a constant dull ache that has lasted for at least three months.  The pain must occur on both sides of your body and above and below the waist.

Doctors don't know what causes fibromyalgia, but it most likely invloves a variety of factors working together. These may include Genetics, Infections, Physical or emotional trauma.  Risk factors may include Your sex, Family History, and Other Disorders.  This includes osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.

The pain and lack of sleep associated with fibromyalgia can interfere with your ability to function at home or on the job. The frustration of dealing with an often-misunderstood condition also can result in depression and health-related anxiety.