What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia syndrome is a common, chronic disorder that causes widespread pain throughout the body. People with fibromyalgia feel enough pain and fatigue that it interferes with their daily life, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

Fibromyalgia is not a form of arthritis, but it is considered an arthritis-related condition. It is rheumatic, like arthritis, by impairing the joints and tissue and causing chronic pain, according to the NIH.

Oftentimes, people with fibromyalgia have tender points on the body that hurt when pressure is put on them. Those points include the arms, back, hips, legs, neck and shoulders, according to the NIH.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia, according to the NIH, can include:

  • Feeling stiff in the morning
  • Headaches
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Problems with memory and thinking
  • Sleeping problems
  • Tingling and numbness in the hands and feet

To learn more about fibromyalgia, talk with your doctor.

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