Welcome to the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA)

Proudly Serving the FM Community

Providing: Information, Assistance, Resources, Education & Support for Over 20 Years

I’ll never forget the day in September 1997 when I got the call that said, the “National Fibromyalgia Awareness Campaign” had been chosen to become a project of an incubator program, which would allow us to serve the fibromyalgia community as a non-profit organization.

Within a short amount of time we had decided to re-name ourselves the “National Fibromyalgia Association” (NFA) and we had been granted our own independent non-profit status! Although the NFA’s operations started on a card table in my family room, over time we became the largest and most influential NPO representing people with fibromyalgia in the world.

Karen Lee Richards, my co-founder and myself, along with a group of dedicated women with FM worked as much as our painful muscles and joints would allow us and met regularly to plan conferences, write letters to the media, prepare a newsletter and answer thousands of letters and phone calls from others with FM who were desperate for information.

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Our Mission

The mission of the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) is to develop and implement programs to improve the quality of life for people with fibromyalgia (FM).

Founded in Orange County, Califonia in 1997, the NFA works to build national awareness, provide patient assistance and support, educate the medical community, facilitate and implement research, and build collaboration between the patient and medical community.

The NFA is supported by its volunteer’s efforts and the generosity of its donors. Your contribution can help insure a better future for people living with FM.

About the National Fibromyalgia Association

The NFA has worked tirelessly to support, assist, and help improve the quality of life of millions of people in the US and around the world.

People with fibromyalgia make up a large part of the 100 million people in America who suffer with Chronic Pain. On June 29, 2011 the Institute of Medicine published a document, which said these millions of people and the cost for servicing these people, is one of the most, “…extensive health care issues facing our society, and solutions so far have been elusive.

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a complex, chronic pain disorder that affects men, women and children of all races and socio-economic levels. After years of patients being dismissed as “imagining their pain,” fibromyalgia is now recognized by all major health care organizations, as a common, but real, pain disorder.

Scientific findings have revealed an array of physiological abnormalities related to disordered pain processing in the FM patient’s brain and spinal cord. In a person with FM, the pain is amplified in the central nervous system so that a stimulus that would not ordinarily be painful to a normal person can cause excruciating pain in a person with FM

Congratulations to Syndio Health on the successful launch of their FM Treatment Search App!

Syndio Health a Proud Sponsor of the NFA has created a fibromyalgia platform which ​is a useful resources that can help improve your FM journey. It is worth checking out if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with FM.  To learn more watch the “Founder’s Video” !

Thank you for your support of the NFA!

Every time you shop on Amazon a portion of proceeds will go to the National Fibromyalgia Association. Please add the NFA as your charity of choice.

Bravelets stylish cause jewelry is made to help people be brave during tough times. $10 from every purchase is donated to the associated cause….

Featured in her hometown newspaper for her work with the FM community.

Did you realize that more than a quarter of all adults in the US have provided care for the chronically ill or disabled? Here’s how caretakers can get help, too.

Knowing these facts will help you face the challenges of fibromyalgia and chronic pain.

National Fibromyalgia Association newsletters! Read and join our mailing list today.

All our latest videos, blogs and guest videos are ready for you to watch and leave a comment!

For the past 20 years, the NFA has climbed a mountain of work in support of those with FM.

National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day 2018

Thank everyone who participated in this year’s FM Awareness Day 2018!

If you were a part of a Fibromyalgia Awareness Day event, fundraiser, or activity…please send pictures and the names of the people in the pictures, and where the pictures were taken, and we will put them up on the NFA site!  Send your pics to:  nfa@fmaware.org

The NFA wants to thank Syndio Health for being a NFA Awareness Day Sponsor!

FM Community News and Activities

Lady Gaga hospitalized for Fibromyalgia, NFA sends gentle hugs

The NFA has worked tirelessly to support, assist, and help improve the quality of life of millions of people in the US and around the world. People with fibromyalgia make up a large part of the 100 million people in America who suffer with Chronic Pain. On June 29, 2011 the institute Medicine published a document.

CNN Interviews NFA Founder, Lynne Matallana

Fibromyalgia: Surviving and invisible misery

Morgan Freeman developed Fibromyalgia after being injured in a car accident. Read the article and learn more about Surviving Fibromyalgia.

The Community Pain Center (ourcpc.com) will be launched in the Spring of 2019

Founded by Lynne Matallana, the CPC will provide people in pain and those who care for them: resources, information, one-on-one support, interactive assessment tools, apps, live virtual events, products & services and much more to help improve access to care and health outcomes for people in pain.