Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder with often debilitating symptoms such as muscle, tendon, and joint pain, in addition to fatigue. Because symptoms often overlap with other diseases and the condition is not well understood, it can take years for fibromyalgia to be diagnosed.

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I'm a 22-Year-Old With Fibromyalgia—and Some Days I Wish I Could Detach Myself From My Body

After years of debilitating pain, Bel Banta was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a disorder that's not well understood by doctors. Here, she shares what it's like to be 22 years old and living with episodes of chronic pain few people are aware of.
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7 Conditions Linked to Fibromyalgia

About 10 million Americans have fibromyalgia, which is characterized by painful, tender points along the body; fatigue; and sleeplessness. Unfortunately, people with fibromyalgia are more likely to have certain other conditions too.

18 Points Used to Diagnose Fibromyalgia

Diagnosing fibromyalgia can be tough. Pain is highly personal, so one person’s “I hurt all over” isn’t necessarily the same as another person’s “I hurt all over.” That’s why doctors often check for certain tender points on the body when it comes to diagnosing fibromyalgia. These 18 points (9 pairs) tend to be painful when pressed, and may spread pain to other body parts.

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The Newest Understanding of Fibromyalgia

Science is continuing to discover what is happening in this complicated syndrome