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What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread pain and muscle stiffness throughout the body.

How are fibromyalgia and ME/CFS connected?

There is agreement within the medical community that fibromyalgia and ME/CFS are similar conditions, and may be related. However, the major difference between the two conditions is the predominant symptom. Although the two conditions share widespread pain, fatigue and a variety of similar symptoms, their primary features are different. While the primary feature of fibromyalgia is widespread pain, the primary feature of ME/CFS is post-exertional malaise (PEM).

Emerge Australia represents people with ME/CFS who may have a secondary diagnosis of fibromyalgia. If you have received a primary diagnosis of fibromyalgia, Arthritis Australia has a wealth of resources, knowledge and support for your diagnosis.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

  • pain across the body, usually described as aching, stiffness and tenderness
  • extreme fatigue
  • difficulties with sleeping
  • problems with concentration and memory
  • headaches

What are the treatments for fibromyalgia?

There is no cure for fibromyalgia. However, with the right approach and management plan, people with fibromyalgia can ease some of the pain and discomfort and enjoy improvements in their quality of life.

Community member Shiloh Moore has created a video about what it feels like living with Fibromyalgia and it has been shared here with her permission.

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