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