Diagnosing Fibromyalgia: What Patients Need to Know*

Fibromyalgia is a complex condition characterized by chronic muscle pain, tenderness, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. Diagnosis is based on widespread pain lasting at least three months. Blood tests help rule out other conditions, and treatment includes medications, therapy, and self-care. Risk factors include genetics, infections, trauma, stress, and it’s more common in women. If you’re experiencing symptoms, seek professional evaluation.