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Fibromyositis; Fibrositis; Myofascial pain syndrome
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome of unknown causes that results in lasting, sometimes debilitating, muscle pain and fatigue. Fibromyalgia is also known as fibrositis or fibromyositis.
Pain. The primary symptom of fibromyalgia is pain. The pain can be in one place or all over the body. The exact locations of the pain are called tender points. Fibromyalgia pain is often described as:
Fatigue and Sleep Disturbances. Another major fibromyalgia complaint is fatigue. Some patients report that their fatigue is more distressing than their pain. Sleep disturbances, particularly restless legs syndrome, are also very common. Fatigue and sleep disturbances are almost universal in patients with fibromyalgia. Some experts believe that if these symptoms are not present, the condition may not be fibromyalgia.
Depression and Mood. Up to a third of fibromyalgia patients have depression. Disturbances in mood and concentration are also very common. These conditions often go undiagnosed.
Other Symptoms. The following symptoms may also be present:
Symptoms in Children. In general, children with fibromyalgia most often have sleep disorders and widespread pain.
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