Fibromyalgia Definition

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Fibromyalgia encompasses many ailments and symptoms, but what is the fibromyalgia definition?

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According to The First Year: Fibromyalgia: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed by Claudia Craig Marek the condition of fibromyalgia, formerly know as “fibrositis”, had been in medical literature since the early 1800s. She notes that Dr. Frederick Wolfe formed a group of physicians and scientists in the early 1990s to develop a criteria in order to begin studying the condition. The defined symptoms were then called fibromyalgia syndrome, describing the pain in muscles and fibers.

What are the symptoms?

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There are many, many symptoms of fibromyalgia, and these symptoms can vary from affected person to person. Some of the main symptoms experienced by a majority of people living with fibromyalgia are:

  • chronic muscle pain, muscle spasms
  • stiffness upon waking or staying in one position too long
  • difficulty remembering or concentrating, known as ‘fibro fog’
  • abdominal pain including IBS, bloating, nausea
  • frequent headaches
  • jaw/facial tenderness
  • sensory sensitivities
  • anxiety or depression
  • numbness or tingling in the extremities such as the feet, hands
  • increase in urinary frequency
  • reduced tolerance for exercise and increased muscle pain after exercise
  • feeling of swelling in hands and feet without actual swelling
  • chronic pain and tenderness
  • fatigue and sleep disturbance

In other words, we hurt all over, can’t sleep,are tired all the time, irritable, have frequent headaches, and spend most days with some type of stomach issue.

There is no ‘cure’ for fibromyalgia, but there are various ways to alleviate the symptoms, and make the pain much more manageable. I prefer to do all natural ways with Motrin for the really bad days, but here are all forms of treatments for fibromyalgia.

Read more about treatments and other resources.

Being the Imperfect Mom, Fibromyalgia Thriver


Hi, I’m Brandi, the writer and creator of Being Fibro Mom and My Fibro Journal. Aside from my work on Being Fibro Mom, I run a group called Fibro Parenting on Facebook. I've been writing for the Fibromyalgia Magazine since 2016 and recently became the Secretary and Fibro & Families program director for International Support Fibromyalgia Network. Facebook-+-Twitter-+-Instagram

3 thoughts on “Fibromyalgia Definition

  • October 30, 2014 at 10:41 am

    My mom is also a fibromyalgia thriver. And I have hypothyroidism and a lot of the same symptoms, even when my thyroid levels are good, so I really have a feeling it’s just a matter of time before I’m diagnosed.

    I will pray for relief for you. I know how tough it is to live life feeling the way you do!

    • October 30, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Thank you for your prayers! Yes, I also have problems with my thyroid and after having it partially removed, my symptoms have not improved. It’s hard to decipher between fibromyalgia and my thyroids.

      I will also keep your mom and you in my prayers. Continue being thrivers, ladies!

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