What is fibromyalgia?

Updated: Apr 23, 2020
  • Author: Chad S Boomershine, MD, PhD, CPI, CPT; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Fibromyalgia is a disorder of chronic, widespread pain and tenderness (see the image below). It typically presents in young or middle-aged women but can affect patients of either sex and at any age.

Tender points in fibromyalgia. Tender points in fibromyalgia.

See Fibromyalgia: A Pain-Processing Problem, a Critical Images slideshow, for more information on strategies for accurately diagnosing and treating fibromyalgia.

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