A Bit of Fibromyalgia History to See How Far We’ve Come

A Bit of Fibromyalgia History to See How Far We’ve Come
Through the Fog I am a huge fan of history. I've been working on my family tree for a while now. I think it's super important to know our roots. Similarly, I think it's important to know the roots of our diseases. Although fibromyalgia (FM) may seem like a new syndrome or disease, it has actually been around for a very long time. It has gone through many name changes as new information about it has been discovered. The first time it was described by doctors was in the 1800s. At that time, it was called muscular rheumatism, with symptoms including stiffness, aches, pain, fatigue, and sleep difficulties. In 1815, William Balfour, a surgeon from Scotland, first described what we now know as the "tender points" that patients with FM experience. Around the year 1904, inflammation was thought to be the cause of FM. Thus, the term fibrositis was used by Sir William Gowers. In Latin, fibro means "connective tissue fibers," and itis means "inflammation." In 1913, doctor Luff wrote in the British Medical Journal that symptoms worsened when the barometric pressure lowered and when rain was on the way. The terms fibromyalgia wasn't used until 1976. The name comes from Latin
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  1. Christine Lynch says:

    Thanks so much for this informative article. I hadn’t heard about the Colorado study. It sounds important and promising. Maybe there’s hope for us after all!

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