Fibromyalgia is a chronic health problem that causes widespread pain and tenderness, which can come and go and move about the body. It can also cause severe fatigue, sleep problems and difficulty thinking clearly or remembering. The condition affects two to four percent of people and is more common in women than men.
In order to diagnose fibromyalgia, our doctors will discuss your symptoms and ask you to describe your pain. A physical exam can be helpful to find the areas of the tenderness and to exclude other causes of muscle pain. There is no test to diagnose fibromyalgia, but testing can rule out other problems.
There are several medications approved to treat fibromyalgia. Other strategies for pain relief include exercise, acupuncture, chiropractic and massage therapy.