The following is an extract from:
Fibromyalgia and the MindBodySpirit Connection
by William B. Salt II, MD and Edwin H. Season, MD

INTRODUCTION TO FIBROMYALGIA

If you have unexplained body pain or have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia—or suspect that you might have fibromyalgia—then this book is for you. Furthermore, many people with certain types of arthritis, like osteoarthritis, and soft tissue rheumatic conditions also have fibromyalgia. If you have one or more of these conditions, then this book can help you too.

AN EPIDEMIC OF PAIN AND SYMPTOMS

There is an epidemic of musculoskeletal pain and discomfort in the Western countries, and the problem is getting worse. This pain involves the limbs of the body, the back, and the neck. Many patients with widespread body pain are diagnosed with what is called fibromyalgia. Disability from pain and fibromyalgia is increasing every year in American industry.

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