What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a long-term (chronic) condition that can cause widespread pain and tenderness over much of the body. It's quite common – up to 1 person in every 25 may be affected.
In the past, other terms were used to describe the condition, including muscular rheumatism and fibrositis. The condition may even have been misdiagnosed as degenerative joint disease.
We now know that fibromyalgia isn't linked to inflammatory or degenerative arthritis, even though the symptoms may sometimes be very similar.
Fibromyalgia in itself doesn't cause any lasting damage to the body's tissues. However, it's important to keep as active as you can in order to avoid weakening of the muscles (deconditioning) which could lead to secondary problems.