Fibromyalgia is a similar but separate condition to ME/CFS.
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS or FM) is a term used to describe a cluster of symptoms that may include widespread pain and tenderness in ‘trigger points’ on the body that are abnormally sore to touch.
Fibromyalgia affects 2 to 4 per cent of the population, predominantly women. While it is more common in women, men and adolescents can also develop fibromyalgia. It tends to develop during early and middle adulthood or in a woman’s childbearing years.
The cause or causes of fibromyalgia are not known. It may be more common in people with:
- Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or ankylosing spondylitis.
- An illness such as a virus (or following an illness or infection)
- Pain from an injury or trauma
- Emotional stress and depression.
- There is no cure but treatment can help some symptoms.
For a more detailed answer to the question, “What is Fibromyalgia ?” please read the article by Dr Charles Lapp and Dr Bruce Campbell on their “Treat CFS FM” website.