Is muscle pain a symptom of fibromyalgia?

Heightened muscle tenderness is a common symptom of fibromyalgia. If you have fibromyalgia, even a light touch can cause intense pain at sensitive areas known as tender points. These tender points usually occur in pairs on the right and left side of the body, and above and below the waist. However, a doctor may diagnose fibromyalgia based on other symptoms, such as chronic pain, fatigue, sleep problems, and depression.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Muscle pain is a fundamental symptom of fibromyalgia. We're not talking about an achy shoulder but widespread muscle pain all over your body that lasts for months. Other common symptoms of fibromyalgia include being tired all the time, having trouble sleeping, waking up unrefreshed, stiffness, being in a mental fog, and depression and anxiety. If you have widespread muscle pain, see your doctor. He or she will ask you questions about your symptoms and run tests to help determine if you have fibromyalgia.
Jacob Teitelbaum
Integrative Medicine

Although nerve pain and central sensitization are also present in fibromyalgia, and in general can be triggered by most causes of chronic pain, the initial and most prominent pain issue is muscle pain. Your body's energy crisis causes your muscles to shorten throughout your body, and to get locked in the shortened position (think writer’s cramp or rigor mortis). This results in painful trigger points, which feel like tender marbles in your muscles. When energy production is restored, the muscles release and the pain decreases and often goes away.

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