Criteria for FM. Fm is a common syndrome associated w/widespread pain; may be accompanied by fatigue, sleep disturbances, stiffness, cognitive/ memory problems, anxiety, depression. To meet criteria for diagnosis: widespread pain in all 4 quadrants of body for >3 months and 11-18 tender points (determined by md). New criteria have been proposed referring to a "widespread pain index" and a "symptom severity score".
Fibromyalgia is. . . Fibromyalgia is a collection of symptoms of persistent widespread pain, stiffness, fatigue, poor sleep, anxiety, depression, & often with other unexplained symptoms. It typically occurs in young or middle-aged women, but can affect anyone. The cause is not known, but drugs that affect the nervous system (like anti-seizure drugs) seem to help, so it may be a type of neurological disorder.
Mechanical injury. ? cause fibromyalgia. Experts: "cause unknown". My theory: primary sacroiliac joint damage fr. mechanical injury and/or Joint Hypermobility. Women exposed: delicate pelvises, multiple childbirths. Unstable pelvis begets functional scoliosis w. chronic tilted head & unilat. sup. trap. mus. atrophy cause T.O.S. Chronic mus. spasms evoke trigger points. Pain-caused non-restorative sleep = depression.