Fibromyalgia is a common rheumatic syndrome characterized by widespread pain in fibrous tissues, muscles, tendons, and other connective tissues. Although the tissues are painful, they are not swollen or weak. The cause of this disorder is unknown, although it is a chronic problem that can come and go for years.The red circles identify common tender points associated with fibromyalgia.
Review Date: 3/9/2016
Reviewed By: Joseph V. Campellone, MD, Division of Neurology, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.