What are the Most Common Tender Spots Associated with Fibromyalgia? (video)

Fibromyalgia triggers pain radiating throughout the body from the neck to the toes.  Muscles feel stiff and achy.  These pains leave you feeling overly sensitive to the slightest touch.

How do you know if your pain is from fibromyalgia? 

It is found with fibromyalgia that there are tender spots where pain is substantially stronger, especially when touched.  These tender spots are found primarily around the joints, but not within the joints.

How are you diagnosed with fibromyalgia?

To be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, you must have pain in at least 11 of the 18 tender spots.  The spots are on both sides of the body in the following locations:

  • Front of the Neck
  • Chest
  • Back of Neck
  • Back Shoulder Area
  • Shoulder Blade Area
  • Outer Elbows
  • Inner Knees
  • Sides of the Hips
  • Buttocks

The reason for the tender spots is not clear.  They are usually superficial and located under the surface of the skin.  Inflammation is not found in the surrounding muscles or joints.

If you feel you have pain in these areas and suspect you might be suffering from fibromyalgia, make an appointment to see your doctor for a proper diagnosis.


This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.