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What Is Fibromyalgia?

The word "fibromyalgia" comes from the Latin term for fibrous tissue (fibro) and the Greek terms for muscle (myo) and pain (algia). Thus, as you might expect, the characteristic symptom of this condition is widespread muscle pain. There are also often multiple tender points throughout the body.
 
The cause of fibromyalgia is not understood. It may have something to do with a malfunction in how the central nervous system processes pain. It could also be related to certain brain chemicals or blood flow problems, and may even have a genetic component.
 
Fibromyalgia can be difficult to treat, as what works for one person may not work for another, and even what worked for you one day may not work next month. Treatment typically encompasses lifestyle changes, medication, and alternative therapies.
 
(Click Fibromyalgia for a more detailed look at signs and symptoms of this condition, various aspects of treatment, and whether it is considered a type of arthritis.)
 

What Is Fibromyalgia?

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