Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that causes widespread muscle pain and fatigue.
People with fibromyalgia have tender points on their bodies that hurt in response to even slight pressure. About 20 percent who live with this chronic pain also suffer from an anxiety disorder  or depression .
Fibromyalgia and its connection to anxiety disorders should not be ignored.
Fibromyalgia is considered a rheumatic condition, or a medical condition that impairs the joints and causes chronic pain. Though the symptoms can feel similar to arthritis, it does not cause inflammation at the joints or muscles.
Fibromyalgia may cause people to experience sleep problems, headaches, and temperature sensitivity, as well as memory difficulties and numbness or tingling in arms and legs.
Research suggests that people with fibromyalgia are hypersensitive to stimuli that are not painful to others, perhaps due to a reduced blood flow to the portion of the brain that regulates pain. Fibromyalgia appears to run in families, but scientists haven’t pinpointed a specific gene.
Often misunderstood, fibromyalgia affects 3 to 6 million Americans — as many as one in 50. Women are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with the disorder, and most are diagnosed during middle age.