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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

What Is Fibromyalgia?

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Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes muscle pain and fatigue (feeling 

tired). People with fibromyalgia have “tender points” on the body. Tender 

points are specific places on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs. 

These points hurt when pressure is put on them. 

People with fibromyalgia may also have other symptoms, such as: 

Trouble sleeping 

Morning stiffness 

Headaches 

Painful menstrual periods 

Tingling or numbness in hands and feet 

Problems with thinking and memory (sometimes called “fibro fog”). 

Tingling or numbness in hands and feet 



What Causes Fibromyalgia? 

The causes of fibromyalgia are unknown. There may be a number of factors 

involved. Fibromyalgia has been linked to: 

Stressful or traumatic events, such as car accidents 

Repetitive injuries 

Illness 

Certain diseases. 

Fibromyalgia can also occur on its own. 

Some scientists think that a gene or genes might be involved in 

fibromyalgia. The genes could make a person react strongly to things that 

other people would not find painful. 


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