This can be a tough question to answer. As a sufferer of Fibromyalgia I find it difficult to explain to people who do not have first hand experience of it. To give someone an accurate insight into the condition would require a quite lengthy explanation. From experience, I can also say that Fibromyalgia can mean different things to different people within the medical fields as well, so pinning down a definition of the condition, or clear diagnostic parameters to those without medical training, is rather difficult indeed.

I normally start by telling people that Fibromyalgia is very similar to ME/CFS and involves chronic pain and is often related to problems with people’s sleep. Fibromyalgia is very common and according to Arthritis Research UK as many as 1 in 25 people could suffer from it. It is usually more common in women and often develops more often in adults. There are different theories about what causes Fibromyalgia and among the most common, is some kind of trauma, like a serious accident or infection.

What does the term “Fibromyalgia” mean?

The term “fibromyalgia” derives from new Latin, fibro-, meaning “fibrous tissues”, Greek myo-, “muscle”, and Greek algos-, “pain”; thus the term literally means “muscle and connective tissue pain”