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What are key characteristics of fibromyalgia?

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Key characteristics of fibromyalgia include:

  • Muscle pain throughout the body, often with tenderness at certain points, ranging from mild discomfort to pain severe enough to limit work, social activities, and everyday tasks.
  • Pain in the neck, upper back, shoulders, chest, rib cage, lower back, and thighs. It can be burning, gnawing, throbbing, stabbing, or aching and may come on slowly.
  • Tender points, on muscles and tendons. Typically, tender points are in the neck, back, knee, shoulder, elbow, and hip.
  • Moderate to severe fatigue, sleep problems, including insomnia.
  • Headaches, memory or concentration problems, and irritable bowel syndrome.

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Frissora, C. , August 2005; vol 7(4): pp 264-271. Current Gastroenterology Reports

Offenbaecher, M. , April 2005; vol 10(4): pp 285-297. CNS Spectrum

Patten, S. , March 2005; vol 50(4): pp 195-202. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry

Nampiaparampil, D. American Journal of Managed Care, November 2004;  vol 10 (11 Pt 1): pp 794-800.

American College of Rheumatology.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 2, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Frissora, C. , August 2005; vol 7(4): pp 264-271. Current Gastroenterology Reports

Offenbaecher, M. , April 2005; vol 10(4): pp 285-297. CNS Spectrum

Patten, S. , March 2005; vol 50(4): pp 195-202. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry

Nampiaparampil, D. American Journal of Managed Care, November 2004;  vol 10 (11 Pt 1): pp 794-800.

American College of Rheumatology.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 2, 2017

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