Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes muscle pain and fatigue. It is characterized by poor sleep, fatigue, and tender points on the body. These are specific places on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms and legs.
Certain conditions may contribute to developing the disorder including poor sleep, repetitive strains, injuries, repeated exposure to dampness, and mental stress. Some affected people may also have a connective tissue disorder, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. Sometimes a viral infection or traumatic event can trigger fibromyalgia.
Treatment may include:
- reducing stress
- stretching the affected muscle
- physical therapy
- sufficient sleep