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If you have widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points, you may have a condition called fibromyalgia. This condition affects as many as 1 in every 50 people, and a majority of those affected are women.
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. Although fibromyalgia is not a type of arthritis, its effects can cause significant pain and fatigue that can interfere with a person's ability to carry out daily activities. Also, like arthritis, fibromyalgia is considered a rheumatic condition.
People with fibromyalgia may also notice effects such as:
- Trouble sleeping
- Headaches (including migraine headaches and tension headaches)
- Painful menstrual periods
- Tingling or numbness in the hands and feet
- Problems with thinking and memory (sometimes called "fibro fog")
(To learn more about the effects of this condition, click Fibromyalgia. This article also discusses possible causes of fibromyalgia, a detailed list of symptoms, and ways to deal with the disorder.)