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Fibromyalgia syndrome is a common and chronic disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points. The word Fibromyalgia comes from the Latin term for fibrous tissue (fibro) and the Greek ones for muscle (myo) and pain (algia). Tender points are specific places on the body-on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, and upper and lower extremities-where people with Fibromyalgia feel pain in response to slight pressure. Although Fibromyalgia is often considered an arthritis-related condition, it is not truly a form of arthritis (a disease of the joints) because it does not cause inflammation or damage to the joints, muscles, or other tissues. Like arthritis, however, Fibromyalgia can cause significant pain and fatigue, and it can interfere with a person's ability to carry on daily activities. Also like arthritis, Fibromyalgia is considered a rheumatic condition.

Fibromyalgia affects over 10 million Americans. For unknown reasons, between 80 and 90 percent of those diagnosed with Fibromyalgia are women; however, men and children also can be affected. Most people are diagnosed during middle age, although the symptoms often become present earlier in life. People with certain rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (commonly called lupus), or ankylosing spondylitis (spinal arthritis) may be more likely to have Fibromyalgia, too.

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Experts look for ways to standardize treatments for pediatric rheumatic diseases

Experts look for ways to standardize treatments for pediatric rheumatic diseases

When nursing homes push out poor and disabled patients

When nursing homes push out poor and disabled patients

Self-efficacy in exercise adoption appears to positively influence female veterans with FM symptoms

Self-efficacy in exercise adoption appears to positively influence female veterans with FM symptoms

Displaced Puerto Ricans face obstacles getting health care

Displaced Puerto Ricans face obstacles getting health care

Researchers find distinct molecular signatures in chronic fatigue syndrome and Gulf War Illness

Researchers find distinct molecular signatures in chronic fatigue syndrome and Gulf War Illness

Many patients with knee, hip and spine osteoarthritis use opioids to manage chronic pain

Many patients with knee, hip and spine osteoarthritis use opioids to manage chronic pain

Dietary intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may affect outcomes in lupus patients

Dietary intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may affect outcomes in lupus patients

Wayne State research finds novel psychological therapy to be helpful for people with fibromyalgia

Wayne State research finds novel psychological therapy to be helpful for people with fibromyalgia

Antidepressants used for chronic pain relief come with significant side effects

Antidepressants used for chronic pain relief come with significant side effects

Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy can improve sleep, according to 94% of users

Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy can improve sleep, according to 94% of users

Study examines if widespread pain originates in the brain

Study examines if widespread pain originates in the brain

Study finds substantial use of opioids among older rheumatoid arthritis patients

Study finds substantial use of opioids among older rheumatoid arthritis patients

Linking RNA to autoimmune diseases

Linking RNA to autoimmune diseases

Sex differences in microglia activity affect pain treatment, study finds

Sex differences in microglia activity affect pain treatment, study finds

Novel non-pharmacological approach shows promise to manage chronic pain

Novel non-pharmacological approach shows promise to manage chronic pain

High levels of physical activity affects pain perceptions in older adults, study finds

High levels of physical activity affects pain perceptions in older adults, study finds

SLU scientist examines potential biomarkers for pain linked to debilitating health conditions

SLU scientist examines potential biomarkers for pain linked to debilitating health conditions

Impact of IBS on patients

Impact of IBS on patients

SLU expert suggests viewing exercise as daily contribution that offers cumulative health benefits

SLU expert suggests viewing exercise as daily contribution that offers cumulative health benefits

OTC medical device receives CE Mark approval to treat pain linked to fibromyalgia

OTC medical device receives CE Mark approval to treat pain linked to fibromyalgia