Fibromyalgia – What it is & How it differs from ME


In this comprehensive leaflet, we consider the causes, symptoms, treatment and prognosis for people with Fibromyalgia and how it can overlap with symptoms of M.E.


“Fibromyalgia (FM) is the name given to a fairly common condition that causes widespread pain and tenderness in the muscles (-my = muscle; -algia = pain), fibrous tissues (= tendons and ligaments) and sometimes the joints.

“It commonly causes fatigue, sleep disturbance and a number of other symptoms that can also occur in M.E. – so it is sometimes referred to as a fibromyalgia syndrome.

“As with M.E., there is no diagnostic test and no curative treatment. So management is largely based on the use of drugs to help with symptoms such as pain and activity management programmes…”

This comprehensive leaflet also considers:

  • the causes of Fibromyalgia (FM)
  • the symptoms of FM
  • the overlap with M.E.
  • how FM is diagnosed
  • how FM is treated
  • the prognosis for people with FM

Telephone Helpline

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

Please note this leaflet is a download. You can read it on-screen and save to your computer, phone or other device and can attach it to any email you might need to send. But you will need access to a printer if you wish it printed.


0344 576 5326

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