Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal condition that causes widespread chronic pain and numerous other symptoms. Although fibromyalgia is not a rare condition, it is still not well-understood and is often misdiagnosed. Some of its symptoms mimic those of other conditions, further complicating the diagnostic process. Nonetheless, some common signs may you to the possibility that you might have fibromyalgia.
The most common and distinctive symptom of fibromyalgia is muscle pain that manifests as a persistent, dull ache, possibly lasting for several weeks or even months. In some cases, the pain is similar to the sensation of a pulled muscle or the overall muscle soreness you might feel after an intense workout. For this nature of chronic pain to be typified as fibromyalgia, it needs to occur on both sides of the body, both above and below the waist, in certain spots called tender points. The American College of Rheumatology has set out guidelines for the diagnosis of fibromyalgia that explain that patients must feel pain in at least 11 tender points out of 18 in response to simple pressure to qualify for the diagnosis.
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