This chronic disorder affects muscle trigger points, causing pain in various parts of the body. Pain can seem unrelated and/or intermittent. Fibromyalgia is a type of myofascial pain. Learn more about what causes this condition and when to see a specialist.

Causes & Triggers

  • Muscle tension
  • Overuse injuries
  • Repetitive motion
  • Stress or anxiety

Signs & Symptoms

  • Aches
  • Muscle knots
  • Pain
  • Poor sleep
  • Tender spots

Tips & Treatments

  • Symptoms may be relieved with lifestyle changes, such as improving diet, reducing stress and increasing exercise.
  • Certain medications, including antidepressants, sedatives and pain relievers, may provide relief from symptoms.
  • Treatment may involve physical therapy, massage, heat, ultrasound and/or stretching exercises.
  • Some people benefit from alternative therapies, such as acupuncture.