Fibromyalgia is a common and complex chronic pain disorder that affects the muscles throughout the body and results in an all over pain. Many people describing “I hurt from head to toe”.
The term fibromyalgia comes from “fibro” which means fibrous tissues, “myo” meaning muscle and “algia” meaning pain. Thus, the term literally means muscle and fibrous tissue pain. People with fibromyalgia often describe it as flu-like symptoms that leaves them exhausted and unable to think clearly. While others with this disorder have trouble sleeping and often wake up stiff and sore. The symptoms can be debilitating at times and is estimated that 10 million Americans are effected with fibromyalgia aged 18 or older. With the average age of first diagnosis being 35 to 45 years old.