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What is Fibromyalgia?

According to the National Institutes of Health, fibromyalgia is a common chronic disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points. “Tender points” are specific places on the body (neck, shoulders, back, hips, and upper and lower extremities) where people with fibromyalgia feel pain in response to slight pressure.

Internet Resources

MedlinePlus: Fibromyalgia
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for health-care consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information targeting the lay public.

National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association
Organization dedicated to developing and executing programs to improve the quality of life for people with fibromyalgia. Click on the “Community” tab to find a support group near you, read patient stories, or sign up for a free e-newsletter.


  • Pain Detective. Finestone, H. 2009
  • Fibromyalgia: The Complete Guide from Medical Experts and Patients. Ostalecki S, ed. 2008.
  • Explaining Unexplained Illnesses: Disease Paradigm for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Fibromyalgia, and Others. Pall ML. 2007.
  • Why we hurt: a complete physical and spiritual guide to healing your chronic pain. Fors G. 2007
  • Alternative Treatments for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Skelly M. 2006.
  • Get to the core of healthy fibromyalgia cooking. Grove K. 2005
  • Fibromyalgia and Other Central Pain Syndromes. Wallace DJ, ed. 2005.
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Longe JL, ed. 2011. Available in print at the Health Learning Center or electronically at  http://www.nmh.org/nm/health library virtual library .

Journal Articles

  • “New criteria proposes using pain, symptoms to diagnose fibromyalgia.” Mayo Clinic Women’s Healthsource, 14(12):3 Dec. 2010
  • “Fibromyalgia. A plan for the pain.” Mayo Clinic Health Letter. 26(4):4-5, 2008 Apr.
  • “Acupuncture for Fibroyalgia—A Systematic Review of Randomized Clinical Trials.” Rheumatology. Mayhew E. May 2007. 46(5):801–804.
  • “Fibromyalgia.” American Family Physician. Chakrabarty S. July 15, 2007. 76(2):245–254.
  • “Fibromyalgia and Overlapping Disorders: The Unifying Concept of Centra Sensitivity Syndromes.” Seminars in Arthritis & Rheumatism. June 2007. 36(6):339–356.

Contact Us

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Last UpdateOctober 30, 2012