Fibromyalgia, commonly known as FM, is characterized by long-term, widespread chronic pain, musculoskeletal pain, chronic fatigue, depression and tenderness.
Individuals with fibromyalgia typically experience the following symptoms:
- Chronic pain
- Diffuse muscle tenderness
- Chronic fatigue
- Problems with thinking and memory (sometimes called “brain fog”)
The severity is unique for each individual and varies based on a number of factors such as time of day, weather, physical activities, and stress.
Until now, fibromyalgia had long been thought to be a rheumatologic or neurologic syndrome (collection of symptoms) that could only be determined by ruling out other medical conditions, making clinical diagnosis challenging and coverage for fibromyalgia treatment inconsistent.