by EBSCO Medical Review Board

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder. It results in deep muscle aches with burning, tingling, throbbing, and intense and lasting pain. The exact cause is not known. Some things thought to play a role are:

  • Family history
  • Hormone problems
  • Stressors, such as infection, trauma, and mental stress
  • Nervous system problems
  • Vitamin deficiencies
Fibromyalgia Trigger Points
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Fibromyalgia. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: Accessed August 11, 2020.

Macfarlane GJ, Kronisch C, et al. EULAR revised recommendations for the management of fibromyalgia. Ann Rheum Dis. 2017 Feb;76(2):318-328.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board James P. Cornell, MD
  • Review Date: 03/2020
  • Update Date: 03/05/2021