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Reviewed on 2/9/2021

What Is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread pain and tenderness throughout the body, sleep problems, fatigue, and depression

What Are Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

Symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

What Causes Fibromyalgia?

The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown. 

Risk factors for fibromyalgia include: 

How Is Fibromyalgia Diagnosed?

Fibromyalgia is diagnosed with a patient history and physical examination, along with tests such as: 

  • X-rays
  • Blood tests

Criteria used to help diagnose fibromyalgia may include:

  • A history of widespread pain and symptoms lasting more than 3 months
  • The number of areas throughout the body in which pain has occurred in the past week, based on the total of number of painful areas out of 19 parts of the body, plus the level of severity of these symptoms: 
    • Fatigue
    • Waking unrefreshed
    • Cognitive (memory or thought) problems
  • No other health problems that explain the pain and other symptoms


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What Is the Treatment for Fibromyalgia?

Treatment for fibromyalgia may include: 

What Are Complications of Fibromyalgia?

Complications of fibromyalgia include:

  • Pain
  • Disability
  • Lower quality of life
  • More hospitalizations
  • Higher rates of depression
  • Higher rates of other rheumatic conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and ankylosing spondylitis
  • Higher death rates from suicide and injuries
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Reviewed on 2/9/2021