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About fibromyalgia

FibromyalgiaFibromyalgia is a condition that causes tiredness and widespread muscle pain. We don't know what causes fibromyalgia, but it isn't due to damage in the painful parts of your body. Rather, pain signals are sent to your brain despite there being no tissue damage. This is a bit like a fire alarm going off when there's no fire.

Fibromyalgia can have a big impact on your quality of life, and can affect you long-term. The good news is that it isn't life-threatening. There are many treatments that can reduce your pain and help you get on with life.

See Persistent pain for more information.

Do I have fibromyalgia?

If you are worried that you might have fibromyalgia symptoms, or you're feeling a lot of pain, tiredness, and stiffness, go to see your GP.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by rheumatologist, Department of Rheumatology, Immunology & Allergy, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed December 2017.


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