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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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FDA grants approval for generic versions of Lyrica

FDA grants approval for generic versions of Lyrica

Researchers find link between chronic pain and alterations in the gut microbiome

Researchers find link between chronic pain and alterations in the gut microbiome

Scientists find link between chronic pain and gut microbiome

Scientists find link between chronic pain and gut microbiome

Vitamin D supplementation may not reduce the risk of heart disease

Vitamin D supplementation may not reduce the risk of heart disease

New biological mechanism may explain heightened somatic awareness

New biological mechanism may explain heightened somatic awareness

Study discovers origin of neurofibromas that develop throughout the skin of NF1 patients

Study discovers origin of neurofibromas that develop throughout the skin of NF1 patients

Discovery could change the way fibromyalgia and chronic pain are treated

Discovery could change the way fibromyalgia and chronic pain are treated

FDA warns marketer of unapproved products claiming to treat addiction, chronic pain

FDA warns marketer of unapproved products claiming to treat addiction, chronic pain

Researchers hope blood test that accurately diagnoses fibromyalgia could be available within five years

Researchers hope blood test that accurately diagnoses fibromyalgia could be available within five years

Fibromyalgia can be reliably detected in blood samples

Fibromyalgia can be reliably detected in blood samples

Study shows link between menopause symptoms and chronic pain

Study shows link between menopause symptoms and chronic pain

Using Pinterest to cope with chronic pain

Using Pinterest to cope with chronic pain

Antipsychotic polypharmacy may be beneficial for schizophrenia patients

Antipsychotic polypharmacy may be beneficial for schizophrenia patients

Breakthrough test developed to measure pain

Breakthrough test developed to measure pain

Fibromyalgia syndrome in adults may be a consequence of childhood sexual abuse

Fibromyalgia syndrome in adults may be a consequence of childhood sexual abuse

Study explores whether most patients with fibromyalgia are misdiagnosed

Study explores whether most patients with fibromyalgia are misdiagnosed

Self-care techniques should be first line of treatment for patients with facial pain, suggests study

Self-care techniques should be first line of treatment for patients with facial pain, suggests study

Sexual function in women with vulva pain improved with oral nerve pain medication

Sexual function in women with vulva pain improved with oral nerve pain medication

Cannabis prescribed medicinally to the first patient in UK

Cannabis prescribed medicinally to the first patient in UK

Diets supplemented with extract of soursop leaves can prevent fibromyalgia symptoms

Diets supplemented with extract of soursop leaves can prevent fibromyalgia symptoms