Fibromyalgia Thrives on Inactivity, but Diminishes with Exercise and Understanding

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Fibromyalgia and Exercise

Fibromyalgia syndrome is a collection of symptoms characterized by pain and other often-invisible ailments. Dr. Dennis Turk, John and Emma Bonica professor of anesthesiology and pain research in the University of Washington School of Medicine, says people who have fibromyalgia don't appear to be suffering from an obvious physical problem, so they may feel they have the added burden of explaining that they do in fact have an illness.

"When you have rheumatoid arthritis, for example, you can see the affected joints," Turk says. "We have