General fibromyalgia terms and chronic pain related definitions for people suffering from Fibromyalgia and/or Chronic Pain.

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Terms

Connective tissue

Describes tissue that supports, connects, binds other tissues and organs.


CFIDS is a catch-all acronym for a complex and debilitating chronic disease that has serious impacts on one's quality of life and ability to function normally throughout the regular day-to-day task

Validity (internal)

Internal validity is a property of scientific studies which reflects the extent to which a causal conclusion based on a study is warranted.

Trigger Points

Small areas of muscle that are similar to tender points in that the application of mild pressure produces pain. 


The information used in the study is given different importance depending on the weight assigned to each piece of information.

Wax And Wane

Refers to symptoms that come and go without definitive cause.

Unproven Remedies

Any treatment that has not been proven safe and effective through repeated scientific studies that have been peer reviewed and published in credible medical journals.

Tree Approach

Using a branching algorithm to classify patients into different categories.


A collection of similar cells that act together to perform a specific function of the body.