Does fibromyalgia destroy muscle tissue? Why does pain move around?

The short answer to your

The short answer to your question is "no". Fibromyalgia does not cause any permanent damage to any bodily structures. Although you may feel as though your body is being destroyed, the condition is not harmful to your bones, joints or muscles.

As for the pain moving around, this is very common in fibromyalgia. One day your back might hurt, the next day your legs...such is the nature of this condition, and is also part of the reason that it can be so tricky to diagnose.

The American College of Rheumatology has set forth criteria for diagnosis. Pain should be present for at least 3 months. Pain should also occur in all 4 quadrants of the body: above and below the waist and on both the right and left sides of the body. Thus, you can have pain virtually anywhere on the body. They also have identified 18 tender points; these are located at various positions over the entire body.

Fibromyalgia is a mysterious condition. It varies in symptomology from person to person, and even the same person can experience pain in different areas from one day to the next.

Such is the nature of fibromylagia. Researchers are struggling to gain a better understanding of fibromyalgia, so perhaps one day there will be a clearer answer to your question. Just know that you are not alone!

Hope this helps.

Jennifer Bunn, RN


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Fibromyalgia is a prevalent condition that affects many people in the United States. Approximately 3.7 million Americans have Fibromyalgia. That is 1 in every 73 people.

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