For most people,
fibromyalgia seems to involve a cycle of muscle pain,
increased sensitivity to pain, and inactivity that may be made worse by sleep
problems and fatigue.
- Increasing pain causes a person to be less
- Muscles that aren't exercised regularly are
more likely to be irritated during activity. And it may be that people
with fibromyalgia are more sensitive to pain or have muscles that are more
- The irritated muscles are painful. Some doctors
think that the muscles of people with fibromyalgia stay sore because they don't repair themselves as well as they should.
- Muscle pain, sometimes occurring with disrupted
sleep and daytime fatigue, leads to less and less activity.
Although fibromyalgia is a long-lasting (chronic) condition
with no cure, it can be controlled. It doesn't damage the muscles, joints, or
internal organs. Most people adjust to their symptoms and are able to keep working and
doing their daily activities. For more information about managing fibromyalgia, see the Treatment Overview.
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology
October 20, 2011
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