Fibromyalgia | Comprehensive Pain Management Center


Fibromyalgia, a chronic connective tissue disorder, is described as widespread pain often linked with a sleep disorder, fatigue, and psychological pain.

It is more descriptively defined as multiple, 11-18, tender points on the body with pain lasting for at least three months.

These points of soreness are sensitive to light pressure, usually don’t show signs of inflammation but may be accompanied by stiffness. These points are found on the:

  • Back
  • Neck,
  • Arms
  • Legs

Fibromyalgia is more common in women from age 30-50 but may be seen in anyone.

Diagnosis is made using the patient’s history of symptoms and a physical examination to pin point where and how many tender spots a patient has.

If less than 11 spots are stimulated, or spots are sore in locations not associated with fibromyalgia, it is considered myofascial pain syndrome.

Certain treatments may significantly improve fibromyalgia pain. Sometimes both psychological and physical pain must be treated.


  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID)
  • Antidepressants
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Acetaminophen
  • Membrane-stabilizing drugs
  • Sleeping aids
  • Heat
  • Nerve stimulation

The goal of these treatments is to reduce discomfort, increase physical activity, and reestablish sleep cycles. A combination of medicinal therapy and alternative therapies such as acupuncture and physical activity has become more popular.


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