With an estimated 5 million people in the United States suffering from fibromyalgia, it's indisputably one of the most common types of chronic pain conditions. Unfortunately, it often goes undiagnosed, as was exhibited by Lady Gaga's struggle—the singer recently opened up about dealing with the aches and pains of fibromyalgia, only to be told time and time again that her illness was psychosomatic before finally receiving a diagnosis.
A disease that largely affects women, fibromyalgia is strikingly similar to chronic fatigue. But whereas chronic fatigue is characterized by exhaustion and brain fog (and yes, can include pain), with fibromyalgia exhaustion takes a backseat and aches and pains are front and center. In the quest to alleviate these symptoms, exercise is often a controversial piece of the puzzle: Not only do most people not have the energy to exercise, but working out too much can worsen symptoms. Here's the best way to go about it.