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SPR 2016

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2 0 I N S P I R I N G W O M E N S P R I N G 2 016 F r a n c i s c a n S t F r a n c i s . o r g C H R O N I C C A R E O ften misdiagnosed and misunderstood, fibromyalgia is a disease that can be hard to identify right away. Patients can become frustrated with delays in diagnosis, and for some time, many people did not believe that fibromyalgia even existed. But for the millions of Americans who have fibromyalgia it is all too real. The telltale signs of the disorder are ailments that can also be associated with other diseases. The symptoms are common to those that most people experience at some point in life, such as pain and fatigue, with a combination of memory and mood issues. But the pain is not just a run-of-the-mill ache: Sufferers describe it as widespread musculoskeletal pain that occurs on Tips for easing symptoms of fbromyalgia By Margaret Littman

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