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Fibromyalgia syndrome is a common and chronic disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points. Tender points are specific places on the body – on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, and upper and lower extremities – where people with fibromyalgia feel pain in response to slight pressure.
(left:)The location of the nine paired tender points that comprise the 1990
American College of Rheumatology criteria for fibromyalgia.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. www.niams.nih.gov
In addition to pain and fatigue, people who have fibromyalgia may experience
irritable bowel syndrome
painful menstrual periods
numbness or tingling of the extremities
restless legs syndrome
cognitive and memory problems
a variety of other symptoms
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