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3 things you must know about Fibromyalgia!

1. It is more prevalent than you think! Fibromyalgia affects 2% of the population which is over 5 million people in the United States. It is more commonly seen in women but children and men also carry this diagnosis. 2. It is a waist basket diagnosis! As defined by the CDC, fibromyalgia is a constellation of vague symptoms such as:

  • Widespread pain

  • Insomnia

  • Fatigue

  • Psychological Symptoms

  • Morning Stiffness

  • Tingling and numbness of hands and feet

  • Headaches

  • Gastrointestinal Distress

  • Cognitive Impairment

A patient will often receive this diagnosis when the physician has exhausted his/her work up of the above symptoms and has not come up with a clear reason for these complaints. 3. It's treatable! Up until now, fibromyalgia has been treated symptomatically with medications such as Lyrica or Cymbalta without hope for cure. I am here to tell you that once you get to the route cause of the symptoms, which are typically systemic in nature arising secondary to infectious or inflammatory conditions and the underline disease process is treated effectively, fibromyalgia resolves. For more information on fibromyalgia and other similar conditions such as ME (Myalgic Encephalopathy) or CFS (Chronic fatigue syndrome) please contact

Dr. Frid for an appointment at 212-288-8832

Elena Frid MD

Pediatric and Adult Autoimmune Neurology Specialist


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