Fibromyalgia, once called fibrositis, is a condition affecting the muscles or joints
that is often difficult to diagnose.
It is one of a group of conditions with vague symptoms
and may need to be distinguished from chronic fatigue syndrome,
lupus, Type 2 diabetes, depression, Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis,
or various other conditions.
Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome share many common characteristics,
and may be misdiagnosed as each other, or both misdiagnosed as depression.
Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points. "Tender points" refers to tenderness that occurs in precise, localized areas, particularly in the neck, spine, shoulders, and hips. People with this syndrome may also experience sleep disturbances, morning stiffness, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, and other symptoms.1
Researching symptoms of Fibromyalgia: Further information about the symptoms of Fibromyalgia is available including a list of symptoms of Fibromyalgia, other diseases that might have similar symptoms in differential diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.
Misdiagnosis and Fibromyalgia: Research more detailed information about misdiagnosis of Fibromyalgia, failure to diagnose Fibromyalgia, underlying causes of Fibromyalgia (possibly misdiagnosed), or research misdiagnosis of other diseases
Statistics and Fibromyalgia:
Various sources and calculations are available in statistics about Fibromyalgia,
prevalence and incidence statistics for Fibromyalgia,
and you can also research other medical statistics in our statistics center.
1. excerpt from Questions and Answers About Fibromyalgia: NIAMS
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