Introduction

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) 

muscle stiffness 

sleep difficulties

problems with memory and concentration "brain fog"

headaches 

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.

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