Fibromyalgia can be hard to spot in children because there are no tests to diagnose it, and because it’s much more common in adults. Most of the time fibromyalgia affects women over age 18. Even so, between 1% and 7% of children are thought to have fibromyalgia or similar conditions.
Fibromyalgia is part of a group of conditions collectively known as musculoskeletal pain syndrome (MSPS). Juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome (JPFS) causes people to experience musculoskeletal pain ‘EVERYWHERE’ and fatigue as their main symptoms. JPFS is a condition that has no known cause. Traditionally, patients with JPFS are cared for by rheumatologists because of the symptoms of muscle and joint pain
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