tender point symptoms in Fibromyalgia
18 Tender Points of Fibromyalgia 
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One unique thing about fibromyalgia is the 18 tender points on the body.  These are 
specific locations, in the diagram above, that hurt when pressed. People who do not have fibro only feel pressure, not pain, when touched on these points. 

These are the main symptoms of Fibromyalgia:

Widespread, chronic, muscle pain and tenderness (tender points)

· pain in arms, legs, neck, shoulders, back, hips

Often with:
· Morning stiffness
· Headache
· Fatigue
· Sleep disturbances including insomnia, inconsistent sleep  patterns, unrefreshed sleep
· Memory problems
· Light sensitivity
· Dizziness
· Numbness/tingling in arms/legs

Sometimes also:
· Irritable bowel syndrome
· Bladder control problems
· Depression
· Anxiety

 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) fibromyalgia tender points 1990 classification criteria
In 2010, the American College of Rheumatology endorsed a new set of criteria for diagnosing fibromyalgia. Here is an excerpt


  1. As a fibromyalgia sufferer and therapist who works on fibro folks in the Albuquerque area, I know all too well how it feels to have this condition.

    In my case my fibro was triggered by food allergies and cutting out those foods has made a world of difference. I also do Electro-Lymphatic Therapy to keep my lymph moving and Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy. I use these as a practitioner and personally.

    I would encourage people looking for natural ways to treat their symptoms to check out these therapies with therapists in their geographic areas.

    1. Hi Shannon, it's so great to hear from you especially as you are both a Fibro therapist and someone who understands personally. Natural therapies are the only way to go for me as most medications cause me more side effects than they help. I've had food intolerances all my life and feel the gut plays a huge part in all chronic illness.

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