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Evidence-based Overviews | Treatments & Self-Management | Associated Conditions | Decision Aids and Toolkits | Work AccommodationOrganizations | Research on Fibromyalgia | CIRPD ActivitiesWoman with Pain

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain illness characterized by widespread musculoskeletal aches, pain and stiffness, soft tissue tenderness, general fatigue and sleep disturbances. 

Evidence-based Overviews 

Associated Conditions 

Sleep disorders – Some people with fibromyagia have sleep disorders as a primary cause for their fatigue and discomfort. It is important to check whether your fibromyalgia is caused by an  underlying sleep disorder.  Sleep disorders can contribute to depression and some sleep disorders increase the risk for other health conditions including cardiovascular disease.  Fortunately many people can improve their sleep quality through self-management and/or the use of various appliances to address sleep apnea.


Decision Aids and Toolkits  

Light bulbFibromyalgia Interactive Tutorial - An interactive tutorial on fibromyalagia by Medline Plus.
Online Pain Assessment Tool - An online pain assessment tool that provides you with a body to assign pain levels to. Provides an opportunity to print your assessment to give to your doctor or for your own records.
Podcast on Unexplained Pain
– Informational podcast about the impact of chronic pain conditions, and how women can improve communications with their health care professionals to get relief.
Diseases That Get No Respect Show -  Podcast from White Coat, Black Art with Dr. Brian Goldman on Fibromyalgia and the historical reasons it gets less respect than other diseases.
Pain Resource Centre
- Provides users with information on how manage their pain care, including: how to find a pain specialist, pain causes and treatments and medical definitions.
Tools of Change - Tools of Change provides tools, case studies, and a planning guide to help people take actions and adopt habits that promote health, safety and sustainability.
Focus on Your Wellness Videocasts – NIH hosts a variety of experts to speak about ways you can improve your quality of life through physical activity, eating well and making healthy lifestyle changes.

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Work Accommodation Information  

Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees with Fibromyalgia By Beth Loy, Ph.D. prepared by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN).

Useful Organizations   

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Further Resources

 Fibromyalgia Treatment Options | CIRPD Activites for Fibromyalgia
CIRPD Chronic Pain Videos - many chronic pain videos including webinars on mindfulness, yoga for pain, and spirituality and pain

Last Updated: September 15 2014
Reviewed by: Marc White PhD, Scientific & Executive Director, CIRPD  

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