Fibromyalgia (FMS) is also called myalgia, chronic rheumatism and fibrosis. Many physicians previously referred to Fibromyalgia as a psychological condition. However today, it is acknowledged as a real disease and a major cause of disability.
Since there is no specific medical test for fibromyalgia, it is not diagnosed until all other causes of the patient’s symptoms are ruled out.
Fibromyalgia is recognized as a syndrome with a definite set of symptoms and signs that happen together. The universal definition requires tender points to be present in all 4 quadrants of the human body with continuous, widespread pain that has occurred for at least 3 months. FMS can occur to any person at any age and there does appear to be a genetic component. More women have FMS than men.