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Fibromyalgia is a name given to a group of symptoms including but not limited to:
- muscles and joint aches
- fatigue (including chronic fatigue symptoms)
- concentration and memory difficulties
- bowel disturbances (including irritable bowel like symptoms)
- poor sleep
The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown. It is thought that amplification of pain signals is central to the disease. This means that the way pain is perceived tends to be exaggerated by an over-active pain detection system.
Fibromyalgia can occur in isolation, or can exist in combination with other rheumatological conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus etc.....