What We Know

New updates in research include neuroinflammation and looking at connections with autoimmune conditions. We still need public health and hospital institutions to get on the same page so we can accurately update all medical providers. Information is inconsistent on the internet. This page was organized from updated research and information presented by the American College of Rheumatology.

Fibromyalgia is defined slightly different depending on which website you pull up on the internet. The American College of Rheumatology defines Fibromyalgia as a common neurologic health problem. It’s a chronic (long-term) illness characterized by widespread pain, fatigue, unrefreshed sleep, memory problems (brain fog), and tenderness (sensitivity to touch). Many Fibromyalgia patients are also diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and patients are at higher risk of having Fibromyalgia if you have a rheumatic disease like osteoarthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or ankylosing spondylitis.

Other commonly found comorbid conditions include depression, anxiety, Migraines, overactive bladder, pelvic pain and Temporomandibular disorder (TMJ).

The cause of Fibromyalgia is still unclear. It can affect women and men of all ages.

Fibromyalgia has been described as Central Pain Amplification disorder, meaning the volume of pain sensation in the brain is turned up too high. Central sensitization clearly occurs in Fibromyalgia, but it doesn’t fully explain it. Recent research show neuroinflammation by the means of brain glial activation taking place in Fibromyalgia.

Program Overview


Provide useful content created by Fibromyalgia family members.


Host workshops and support group nights geared towards the entire family.


Empower the family to be involved with advocacy training.

Events & Tools

Resources, webinar and workshop events

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Leadership Team

Brandi Clevinger

Brandi is a Navy veteran living in South Carolina with her four sweet children. She is a fibromyalgia thriver, Certified Health Coach, creator of Being Fibro Mom, and contributor to the Fibromyalgia Magazine. Brandi enjoys reading, writing, and creating smoothie recipes.

Suzanne Kopecki

Suzanne is a Certified Health Coach in the bay area, wife, mother of three beautiful children, a psychology student working towards her BA, and creator of FibroMomBlog.

Melissa Swanson

Melissa is a Certified Fibromyalgia Advisor, award winning author of Ravyn’s Doll: How to Explain Fibromyalgia to Your Child, creator of Fibro Warriors Living Life, wife and mother.

Bridging Communication

The Family & Fibromyalgia program will foster connections between Fibromyalgia families, local communities, schools, and medical experts.

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