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    Fibromyalgia Tender Points


    Tender points are specific sites on the body that cause pain when pressed. The pain may spread when a tender point is pressed and causes pain in a larger area (for example, down the leg, arm, or back).

    There are 9 pairs of tender points. Each pair has one point on each side of the body, for a total of 18 points. These pairs are located:

    • At the back of the neck behind the ear, where the neck muscles attach to the base of the skull.
    • About halfway between the base of the neck and the tip of the shoulder.
    • At the spot where the back muscles attach to the shoulder blade.
    • On the front of the neck above the collarbone.
    • Just to the right and left of the breastbone (sternum) about 2 in. (5 cm) below the collarbone.
    • On each forearm just below and to the outside of the crease of the elbow.
    • Just above and to the outside of each buttock.
    • On the outer upper leg just behind the bony part of the hip (this point is easier to find when standing).
    • On the inside of each knee.

    Experts call these tender points, but you may also hear them called trigger points.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerKarin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology

    Current as ofMarch 12, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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