Chronic Pain: Is It Fibromyalgia-or Something Else?

New criteria reinforce that theres more to fibromyalgia than pain, no matter how severe your pain may be.

Everyone experiences pain occasionally, but for some people, pain is an annoying constant. If youre among them, does this mean you have fibromyalgia? Possibly-but normally other symptoms are involved in the disorder, as well, says William Wilke, MD, a rheumatologist in the Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Disease at Cleveland Clinic. "Most people with fibromyalgia not only have widespread pain-all over their body, not just in a single muscle or joint-lasting for at least three months. They also have a lot of fatigue, headaches, and possibly light sensitivity and/or sensitivity to odor or sound," he says.
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