We all know how extra weight can lead to a world of disease. And now, a new study shows how it can put you in a world of pain, too.

The latest research finds that overweight and obese women have a much higher risk of the debilitating pain condition, fibromyalgia.

Those forced to cope with this awful syndrome, which tends to affect women, say it's like the volume's been turned up on their pain, everywhere. Believe me, this is something you want to avoid--and if dropping a few pounds can do the trick, do it.

In the new study, researchers found that overweight and obese women had a 60-70 percent increased risk of developing fibromyalgia. And women who exercised four or more times each week were 29 percent less likely to come down with the condition than sedentary women.

Overall, the researchers found that overweight and obese women who were either completely inactive or exercised for less than an hour a week had a two-fold increase in fibromyalgia risk, according to the study in Arthritis Care and Research.

The researchers behind this new study said exercise in normal-weight women didn't seem to prevent fibromyalgia-- but that doesn't mean you should get cozy on the sofa, especially if you're already suffering from this condition.

In fact, one recent study found that 30 minutes of light activity a day, even simple movements such as walking or gardening, can send the pain packing.

That's a lot better than anything most doctors will give you. In fact, many of them wouldn't even say the word "fibromyalgia" out loud until recently, and not just because it's a lot of syllables.

Many mainstream doctors claimed it was all in their patients' heads.

Now, most doctors are only too happy to hand you a fibromyalgia diagnosis--and not because they suddenly became better doctors. It's because now, they have drugs they can give you.

Don't be fooled.

In addition to side effects such as anxiety, depression, swelling, stomach problems and even more pain, these meds are barely effective. One review of the research found that, as a group, they're only about 35 percent effective.

I think most people would call that "ineffective."

The real answer--and the reason so many people have trouble finding it--is in the fact that fibromyalgia can be caused by any one of a number of conditions. In some cases, it may be caused by nutritional or hormonal deficiencies. Many women have had success with the hormone relaxin.

And still others have found common--but often undiagnosed –-food allergies are behind the pain.

Most ordinary doctors don't have the time or skills to correctly diagnose and treat fibromyalgia. If you want to win the battle against pain, visit an experienced holistic doctor who can not only get to the cause of your condition, but find a safe way to treat it.