Fibromyalgia or Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a common and chronic disorder characterized by widespread pain, diffuse tenderness, and a number of other symptoms. The word “fibromyalgia” comes from the Latin term for fibrous tissue (fibro) and the Greek ones for muscle (myo) and pain (algia) which means a connective tissue pain. It affects the muscles, ligaments, other connective tissues, tendons and gastro intestinal tract.
A Gastro-enterologist may diagnose Fibromyalgia as Irritable bowel syndrome and rheumatologist as rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis.
Patient presents FM as persistent widespread pain, stiffness , disrupted and unrefreshing sleep, fatigue, anxiety and/or depression, and functional impairment of activities of daily living, cognitive difficulties, often accompanied by multiple other unexplained symptoms.