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Fibromyalgia is a complex, chronic, and disabling disorder. It causes widespread pain and stiffness in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It also causes poor sleep and fatigue.
Fibromyalgia Trigger Points
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The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown.
The following conditions are commonly associated with fibromyalgia:
A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting fibromyalgia. Risk factors include:
Common symptoms include:
Factors that may trigger or worsen symptoms include:
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. There are no specific tests for fibromyalgia.
The doctor will look for the following signs:
The goal of treatment is to relieve or control the symptoms. Treatments include:
Your doctor may also recommend that you make lifestyle changes, such as:
These medicines may help to improve symptoms:
Because the cause is unknown, there are no guidelines to prevent fibromyalgia.