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What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome rather than a disease. It has a collection of signs, symptoms and medical problems that tend to occur together but are not related to a specific, identifiable cause.


A common and chronic disorder, fibromyalgia syndrome is characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Widespread pain
  • Fatigue
  • Diffuse tenderness
  • Cognitive and memory problems (sometimes referred to as “fibro fog”)
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Morning stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Numbness or tingling of the extremities
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Sensitivity to loud noises or bright lights
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