Fibromyalgia (FM) is a syndrome of widespread pain, aching and stiffness of muscles, often accompanied by fatigue, sleep disturbances and multiple tender points.
What causes fibromyalgia is not well understood; however, most patients describe a physical trauma, such as a whiplash or neck injury from a car accident, as the beginning of their fibromyalgia pain.
Fibromyalgia — Explained
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FM is a chronic condition characterized by:
Widespread musculoskeletal pain above and below the waist
Otherwise, symptoms can vary from person to person. There is no definitive biological marker or test.
In addition to pain and fatigue, other symptoms include:
Facial / TMJ pain
Anxiety or Panic Disorders
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Numbness and tingling
Hypersensitivity to the environment
Difficulty concentrating (“fibro fog or brain fog”)
Dizziness and Balance Problems