Published March 2012

The ‘Two Takes on Fibro’ study consisted of two national surveys about fibromyalgia. The surveys compared the perceptions of people who have the condition with those of the general public. The research reveals the surprising differences between public perceptions and the private realities of fibromyalgia.

Every day, you may feel the effects of fibromyalgia — at home . . . on the job. . . even in your relationships. And maybe you worry about how other people perceive your struggles with this condition. You may think you’re perceived as lazy, weak, or a complainer. However, this research sheds light on how society really views people with fibromyalgia. Even though the public may not fully understand the far-reaching effects of fibromyalgia, they think of people with the condition as courageous and strong.

Download the ‘Two Takes on Fibro’ survey findings below to learn more about the results of this research, including statistics about fibromyalgia’s impact on everyday activities, relationships and even careers. You’ll also discover the importance of early diagnosis, and be directed to helpful resources developed by the ACPA. You don’t have to feel embarrassed to talk about the challenges you face living with fibromyalgia. So speak up. And seek help from a healthcare provider if you’re experiencing symptoms of fibromyalgia.