What are the signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Updated: Nov 14, 2018
  • Author: Chad S Boomershine, MD, PhD, CPI, CPT; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Answer

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that consists of the following signs and symptoms [1] :

  • Persistent (≥3 mo) widespread pain (pain/tenderness on both sides of the body, above and below the waist, including the axial spine [usually the paraspinus, scapular, and trapezius muscles])

  • Stiffness

  • Fatigue; disrupted and unrefreshing sleep

  • Cognitive difficulties

  • Multiple other unexplained symptoms, anxiety and/or depression, and functional impairment of activities of daily living (ADLs)

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