Fibro Facts, our newest series on Inspired Living with Fibromyalgia, is a series of illustrated facts about Fibromyalgia. The goal is to help increase awareness and understanding for the millions of people living with Fibromyalgia throughout the world and to help people recently diagnosed learn a bit more about Fibromyalgia!
Fact #1: Fibromyalgia is More than Pain
Fibromyalgia is primarily characterized by widespread muscle pain and tenderness. However, Fibromyalgia does not cause inflammation or damage to the joints, muscles, or other tissues.
In 1990, the American College of Rheumatology established the following criteria to diagnose Fibromyalgia:
- A history of widespread pain in all four quadrants of the body (above the waist on both sides and below the waist on both sides of the body) for three months or more
- Pain at 11 of 18 tender point locations
Despite the focus on pain as the primary symptom, people with Fibromyalgia can attest to the fact that there are many more symptoms that are dealt with on a daily basis. Symptoms vary depending on many factors, but Fibromyalgia has more symptoms than just pain!
In fact, hundreds of people with Fibromyalgia have contributed to a list of 200 + Symptoms of Fibromyalgia and common co-existing conditions, which I put together for my wonderful Fibro friends and family at Inspired Living with Fibromyalgia.