The Everyday Challenges of Fibromyalgia

Living with fibromyalgia can bring new challenges every day. In this slideshow, a fibro patient and advocate shares her strategies for coping with this chronic condition.

Credit: Andrea Cooper

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Facing the pain of fibromyalgia

Andrea Cooper, 54, of Phoenix, Md., has had fibromyalgia for more than 30 years. When her pain forced her to retire from her job as a graphic designer, she began volunteering for the American Pain Foundation.

She now shares her own pain struggles with others so they know they are not alone. Here, in her own words, Cooper describes the daily challenges of fibromyalgia—and how to cope with them.

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