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What does the pain and tenderness associated with fibromyalgia feel like?

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Almost all people with fibromyalgia ache all over. It can feel similar to osteoarthritis, bursitis, and tendinitis, but it's over your entire body. This is usually what makes you go see your doctor.

The pain can be deep, sharp, dull, throbbing, or aching. You feel it in your muscles, tendons, and ligaments around the joints. For some people, the pain comes and goes. It could travel throughout your body.

You may also have tender points -- specific spots around your joints that hurt when you press them with a finger. If you press a tender point on a person without fibromyalgia, they'll just feel pressure -- but that same pressure would be very painful for someone with fibromyalgia.

These tender points are in predictable places on the body. They're often under the surface of the skin, not in areas of deep pain. It's the tissue around the muscles and joints that hurts rather than the joints themselves.

From: Fibromyalgia Symptoms WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 11, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 9/11/2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Fibromyalgia."

Fibromyalgia Network: "Symptoms."

National Fibromyalgia Association: "What are the Symptoms?"

American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association: "What Is Fibromyalgia?"

Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: What are the Effects?"

McIlwain, H. , Holt, 2007. The Fibromyalgia Handbook

UpToDate.

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 11, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Fibromyalgia."

Fibromyalgia Network: "Symptoms."

National Fibromyalgia Association: "What are the Symptoms?"

American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association: "What Is Fibromyalgia?"

Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: What are the Effects?"

McIlwain, H. , Holt, 2007. The Fibromyalgia Handbook

UpToDate.

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 11, 2019

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