How does fibromyalgia affect my musculoskeletal system?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Muscle pain is one of the main symptoms of fibromyalgia. But that doesn't mean you have fibromyalgia if you wake up one day feeling sore and achy. You may simply have overdone it at the gym or worked too long in the garden the day before. Fibromyalgia's effects on the musculoskeletal system follow a fairly well-defined pattern. To diagnose fibromyalgia, a doctor will look for these criteria:
  • You have had persistent muscle pain for three months or more.
  • Your pain is widespread, and has lasted at least three months.
  • You have other symptoms like fatigue, waking unrefreshed and difficulty thinking clearly.

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