DEAR DOCTOR K: My sister was just diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Can you tell me more about this condition?
DEAR READER: Fibromyalgia is a somewhat controversial condition, although less so than it was 20 years ago. It causes pain, aches and stiffness in muscles and joints throughout the body. Patients also feel unusually tired. The results of common blood tests, X-rays and other tests are usually normal for people with fibromyalgia, but depression and anxiety are also more common. Some doctors believe that the symptoms of fibromyalgia are explained by these psychological conditions.