Fibromyalgia is a complex and disabling condition with no precise etiology or definitive medical treatment. Research suggests that the condition is related to central nervous system dysfunctions, neuropeptide action, and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis abnormalities. It is a common condition affecting 1% to 2% of the population with a majority (80%) of female patients. Although difficult to categorize, fibromyalgia is considered a rheumatic condition because it impairs soft tissue and joints and causes pain. Fibromyalgia carries with it a number of other life-disrupting symptoms that vary from individual to individual. These symptoms can include muscle stiffness, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and sensitivity to temperature, sounds and bright lights.
Acupuncture appears to modestly reduce many types of chronic pain, so it's not surprising that many people with fibromyalgia are interested in trying it. Fibromyalgia can be difficult to treat, and a combination of treatments may be necessary to control your symptoms. If you're having trouble finding relief for your fibromyalgia pain, it may be worth trying acupuncture.