Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain all over the body - also referred to as widespread pain-, sleep problems, fatigue, and often emotional and mental distress. People with fibromyalgia may be more sensitive to pain than people without fibromyalgia. This is called abnormal pain perception processing.

Fibromyalgia is typically not life-threatening but can affect day-to-day activities. Seek medical attention if you experience widespread pain that lasts for more than 3 months.

Muscle pain


Shoulder pain

or Abdominal pain

  • For last 3 months or more

  • In the bottom right region, In the bottom left region, Occurs or worsens after a meal, Reduced after bowel movement

  • Steady

  • Crampy

or Joint pain

  • Elbows, Shoulder pain that doesn't radiate, At hip, Knees

  • Both sides of the body

  • Recurrent

or Back neck pain

or Pain in arms

or Chest discomfort

  • Occurs or worsens when touching

  • Relieved with a change in position, Relieved with rest

  • Occurs or worsens with laughing, coughing or sneezing, Occurs or worsens with exertion, Occurs or worsens with deep inspiration

or Pain in the leg above the knee

or Back pain

  • Localized

  • Occurs or worsens with prolonged standing

  • More than 8 weeks




Lack of concentration


Joint is sore to touch

  • Shoulder sore to the touch

or Arms hurt when touched

or Thigh hurts when touched


Numbness or tingling in shoulders arms or hands

or Numbness or tingling around the ribs

or Numbness or tingling in legs, feet, or buttocks



  • Chronic or persistent pain

  • Radiates to the back of head

  • Steady

  • Throbbing

  • Stabbing headache

  • Tight band-like pain around the head and neck

  • Recurrent

  • Rapidly developing



or Anxiety


Alternation between diarrhea and constipation


Risk factors
Doctors usually treat fibromyalgia with a combination of treatments, which may include: 1-Medications, including prescription drugs and over-the-counter pain relievers 2-Aerobic exercise and muscle-strengthening exercise 3-Patient education classes, usually in primary care or community settings 4-Stress management techniques such as meditation, yoga, and massage 5-Good sleep habits to improve the quality of sleep 6-Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat the underlying depression. CBT is a type of talk therapy meant to change the way people act or think
Recommended specialist

If you have Fibromyalgia, then a visit to a rheumatologist is recommended.

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