Widespread pain often has no rhyme or reason. Patients refer to a constant, all encompassing, body-wide pain that affects them through the day. The pain has no specific reason to why it would exist.
One patient described it as follows:
For over three and a half years I have been experiencing constant pain and fatigue. Often times, I will become so tired in the middle of the day that I start yawning continuously and have to lay down. My whole body aches. My muscles become sore really easily.
Widespread pain is classified as musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and many tender points. "Tender points" is tenderness that occurs in specific, precise areas that are most often occurring in the neck, spine, shoulders, and hips. Individuals with with widespread pain may also experience sleep disturbances, morning stiffness, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, depression, and other symptoms.