The "Tender Points" of Fibromyalgia

Specific Points of Pain

Fibromyalgia can cause pain that echoes throughout your body. But many people with the condition feel pain most acutely at 18 specific “tender points.” When your doctor evaluates you for fibromyalgia, he or she may put pressure on these points. In fact, until recently, being diagnosed with fibromyalgia required documenting tenderness on examination in at least 11 of the 18 points.

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