Fibromyalgia History #blogboost

Symptoms of what we know as fibromyalgia today were first described in the 1700′s. Fibromyalgia was once thought to be a mental disorder. It was first described by doctors in the early 1800s. They wrote about a health condition called “muscular rheumatism.” The symptoms were stiffness, aches, pains, tiredness, and difficulty sleeping.  A doctor in Scotland first described the tender points of fibromyalgia in the early 1820s.  Eighty years later, the term “fibrositis” was first used.  Because inflammation (swelling) was thought to be a cause of the pain, the ending “itis” was given.  In 1976, the name of the condition was changed to “fibromyalgia.” Swelling in the body was no longer believed to be the cause of pain.

The term fibromyalgia is taken from Latin and Greek words:

  • Fibra (Latin) means fibrous tissue and has to do with painful tendons and ligaments
  • Myos (Greek) means muscles
  • Algos (Greek) means pain

Studies Prove Fibromyalgia Is a Real Medical Condition

Year Event
1981 The first scientific study confirmed that symptoms and tender points could be found in the body.


1990 The American College of Rheumatology wrote the first set of guidelines to help diagnose fibromyalgia.


2005 The first guidelines for treating fibromyalgia pain were published by the American Pain Society.


2007 The first prescription medication was FDA-approved to manage fibromyalgia.

About Michelle Arbore

I am 36 years old, married for 8 years and have an almost 3 year old, Michael Richard. We also have two cats (Anibel & Mama). I own my own social media management and coaching business that allows me to work from home. I like to read, listen to music, take photos, learn new things, shop, watch TV and spend time with family and friends. I also suffer from Fibromyalgia. I have suffered from this disease for over 15 years now. I started my blog so I could have a place to vent about what I am feeling. It has turned into a place where I post information about this disease, talk about books that I am reading about Fibro, and getting to meet other people who suffer from this.
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One Response to Fibromyalgia History #blogboost

  1. shawn says:

    My best friend suffers from this but it was so hard in the beginning to get a learn what it was. She (& her husband) thought she was going crazy. Her skin felt like it was crawling and she had nightmares that spiders where on her. Then the pain began. She is living with a little more ease now. But it will always be with her.

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