Man with head in hands"As a rheumatologist, I am increasingly impressed that FM is primarily a neurological disorder which presents as a musculoskeletal pain syndrome."

— Robert Bennett, MD
FM specialist

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What is Fibromyalgia (FM)?

Fibromyalgia means “soft tissue and muscle pain.” The soft tissues are the tendons or ligaments. FM is a chronic pain syndrome often associated with ME/CFS, and sometimes confused with it. The pain can be severe enough to interfere with routine daily activities. It migrates, can be achy, burning, throbbing, shooting, or stabbing, and is worse in areas used most, such as the neck or back. FM may be associated with “tender points” which are painful when pressure is applied to them. Individuals often say they awaken feeling as if they hadn’t slept. A sudden onset of profound fatigue can occur during or following exertion. Many other symptoms are common to fibromyalgia, including stiffness on waking, memory and concentration problems, excessive sensitivity of the senses, headaches, Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ), irritable bowel, and bladder and muscle spasm.