Fibromyalgia: Little Understood, Often Frustrating

Dana Poole, left, feels aches all over at any given moment from a condition called fibromyalgia.
Dana Poole, left, feels aches all over at any given moment from a condition called fibromyalgia.

By Judy Fortin
CNN Medical Correspondent

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — You wouldn’t know it by looking at her, but at any given moment Dana Poole hurts all over.
Dana Poole, left, feels aches all over at any given moment from a condition called fibromyalgia.

Dana Poole, left, feels aches all over at any given moment from a condition called fibromyalgia.

“It’s kind of like a burning, but an ache. It’s almost like you have the flu,” said Poole, 31, a receptionist from Canton, Georgia.

Poole is one of almost 6 million Americans who suffer from a chronic condition called fibromyalgia.

In addition to widespread pain, patients may complain about fatigue and sleep disturbances, depression, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome and heightened sensitivity. More…
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