Symptoms of Fibromyalgia (Contd.)
The major symptom of fibromyalgia is pain. Most people feel the pain of fibromyalgia as aching, stiffness, and tenderness around joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Pain may appear in one or more locations at the same time and also in many different parts of your body.
The pain is located within the muscles themselves, as well as at the points where ligaments attach muscles to bones. Those with fibromyalgia feel extreme tenderness over many of these locations. These sites of tenderness are called tender points (sometimes referred to as trigger points) .The location of tender points is similar in all people with fibromyalgia and are, therefore, an important part of the diagnosis.
The most distinctive feature of fibromyalgia, however, is the existence of certain "tender points" - nine pairs of specific spots where the muscles are abnormally tender to the touch
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