The following is an extract from:
Fibromyalgia and the MindBodySpirit Connection
by William B. Salt II, MD and Edwin H. Season, MD

WHAT IS FIBROMYALGIA?

Fibromyalgia is defined as widespread muscular aching, pain, and stiffness associated with tenderness on palpation (pressing the finger or thumb) on specified sites called trigger (tender) points located mainly in the neck, back, and extremities. These trigger or tender points are illustrated in Figure 1.

Other names for fibromyalgia include fibrositis, fibromyositis, and generalized myofascial pain. Table 1 shows that the pain of fibromyalgia is widespread.

TABLE 1 Location of Pain in Fibromyalgia
Base of Skull Neck Shoulders
Back Chest Arms
Legs Buttocks Hips

Click Here To Return To Home Page