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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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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

Depression drug can alleviate joint pain in postmenopausal women treated for breast cancer

Depression drug can alleviate joint pain in postmenopausal women treated for breast cancer

Nova Southeastern University hosts international conference organized by IACFS/ME

Nova Southeastern University hosts international conference organized by IACFS/ME

U-M investigators awarded $7.5 million NIH grant to expand chronic pain research

U-M investigators awarded $7.5 million NIH grant to expand chronic pain research

Researchers discover brain signature that may help identify fibromyalgia patients

Researchers discover brain signature that may help identify fibromyalgia patients

Scientists create new scale to measure beliefs about sleep and pain in long-term pain patients

Scientists create new scale to measure beliefs about sleep and pain in long-term pain patients

Complementary health approaches appear to be effective in helping manage pain

Complementary health approaches appear to be effective in helping manage pain

Study highlights possible reasons for MS misdiagnosis

Study highlights possible reasons for MS misdiagnosis

Swimming can be effective option for treating patients with fibromyalgia pain

Swimming can be effective option for treating patients with fibromyalgia pain

Combination approach could be more effective to treat fibromyalgia pain

Combination approach could be more effective to treat fibromyalgia pain

Taking pregabalin drug during pregnancy could lead to major birth defects

Taking pregabalin drug during pregnancy could lead to major birth defects