The word fibromyalgia means - (fibro) fibrous tissues such as tendons and ligaments. (my) muscle, (algia) pain.
Fibromyalgia is sometimes called fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS).
It is a persistent (chronic) condition. Fibromyalgia does not affect the joints, and so is not an arthritis.
Its a condition that causes pain all over the body.
People may also have:
fatigue (extreme tiredness)
problems with memory and concentration "brain fog"
digestive problems (IBS)
Anyone can develop FM, although it affects around 7 times more women than men. Usually between the ages of 30 and 50 but also affecting children and the elderly. 1 in 20 people could be affected by the condition.