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Man clutching his lower back in discomfort, illustrating common pain associated with fibromyalgia, as misconceptions are debunked in our blog.

Misconception 1: Fibromyalgia is not a real medical condition.

Fact: Fibromyalgia is a recognised medical condition by reputable medical organisations such as the American College of Rheumatology. It is characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and cognitive difficulties. Extensive research has shown that fibromyalgia is a legitimate disorder with physiological and neurological abnormalities.

Misconception 2: Fibromyalgia is just a fancy term for "all in your head."

Fact: Fibromyalgia is not a psychosomatic condition or a result of imagined symptoms. While the exact cause of fibromyalgia is still unknown, research suggests that it involves a combination of genetic, environmental, and neurochemical factors. It is a complex disorder that affects the central nervous system, leading to amplified pain signals and altered pain processing.

Misconception 3: Fibromyalgia only affects women.

Fact: Although fibromyalgia is more prevalent in women, it can affect people of any gender and age, including children. It is estimated that around 10 million people in the United States alone are living with fibromyalgia, and approximately 75-90% of them are women. However, men and children can also develop this condition, and their experiences should not be dismissed or overlooked.

Misconception 4: Fibromyalgia is just a form of arthritis.

Fact: Fibromyalgia is often mistaken for arthritis due to the similarity in symptoms, such as pain and fatigue. However, fibromyalgia is not a form of arthritis and does not cause inflammation or damage to joints, muscles, or other tissues. Unlike arthritis, fibromyalgia primarily affects the soft tissues and is classified as a central sensitisation syndrome.

Misconception 5: Exercise worsens fibromyalgia symptoms.

Fact: While it may seem counterintuitive, regular exercise can actually help manage fibromyalgia symptoms. Low-impact exercises, such as tai chi, walking, swimming, and yoga, can improve muscle strength, reduce pain, and enhance overall well-being. It is important to start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and duration of exercise under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

Misconception 6: Fibromyalgia is untreatable.

Fact: While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, various treatment options can help manage the symptoms and improve the quality of life for individuals with this condition. Treatment approaches may include a combination of medications, natural supplements, physical therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and lifestyle modifications. It is essential for individuals with fibromyalgia to work closely with healthcare professionals to develop a personalised treatment plan.


By debunking these common misconceptions about fibromyalgia, we hope to foster a better understanding of this complex condition. Fibromyalgia is a real and debilitating disorder that requires empathy, support, and accurate information. By promoting awareness and dispelling myths, we can create a more inclusive and compassionate society for individuals living with fibromyalgia.

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Inna Kurlyandchik | BHSc (Naturopathy), Grad Cert Nutr, PhD candidate

24 August 2023

Debunking Common Misconceptions About Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a complex chronic pain condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Despite its prevalence, there are numerous misconceptions surrounding this condition that can lead to misunderstanding and stigmatisation. In this blog post, we aim to debunk some of the most common misconceptions about fibromyalgia and provide accurate information to promote awareness and understanding.


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