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Fi­bromyal­gia is a long-term con­di­tion that causes pain all over your body. It led to Ra­dio Four’s Desert Is­land Discs’ pre­sen­ter Kirsty Young to take a break from the show. Fi­bromyal­gia can lead to fa­tigue, brain fog, mus­cle stiff­ness and di­ges­tion is­sues. Its cause is un­known, but ex­perts think that it could be re­lated to ab­nor­mal lev­els of cer­tain chem­i­cals in the brain and changes in the way pain mes­sages are sent around your body. There’s no cure, but there are ways to man­age the pain, such as those listed here and talk­ing ther­a­pies such as cog­ni­tive be­havioural ther­apy (CBT). If you think you have fi­bromyal­gia see your GP, who will help you un­der­stand your symp­toms. Call Fi­bromyal­gia Ac­tion UK on 0300 999 3333 or visit

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