Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterised by widespread pain.


Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterised by widespread pain. Accompanying symptoms include pronounced fatigue, reduced concentration, headaches or digestive problems. Therapy tends to be a combination of painkillers and psychotherapeutic treatment.


Main symptoms

  • Chronic and widespread muscle pain in the vicinity of the joints
  • Sleep disorders (feeling tired even after plenty of sleep)
  • Pronounced fatigue and tiredness during the day

Other symptoms

  • Joint pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Racing heart, dry mouth, profuse sweating
  • Reduced concentration
  • Depressive mood
  • Headache, migraine
  • Digestive problems

Causes and treatment


The exact cause is unknown. Possibilities include, among others:

  • Genetic factors
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Psychological factors, in particular stress of any kind

Further treatment by your doctor / in hospital

Possible tests
  • Blood test
  • Determining the precise symptoms
Possible therapies
  • Pain management
  • Psychotherapeutic treatment

What can I do myself?

  • Sufficient exercise
  • Balanced diet

When to see a doctor?

  • Persistent pain that interferes with everyday life

Further information

Rheumaliga Schweiz (Swiss League against Rheumatism)

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