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Is fibromyalgia pain similar to arthritis pain?

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Fibromyalgia can cause symptoms similar to arthritis, bursitis, and tendinitis. So some experts group fibromyalgia with arthritis and related disorders. The pain associated with these other conditions is typically localized to a single area, while the pain and stiffness of fibromyalgia are very widespread and consists of deep muscle pain, morning stiffness, and painful tender points, making it difficult to exercise or be physically active.

From: Fibromyalgia Treatments WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Fibromyalgia Network: "Treatment Studies." Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: Treatment Options." National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Fast Facts about Fibromyalgia." McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007.



The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 16, 2017

SOURCES: Fibromyalgia Network: "Treatment Studies." Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: Treatment Options." National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Fast Facts about Fibromyalgia." McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007.



The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 16, 2017

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