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

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Terms


The application of pressure (as with the thumbs or fingertips) to the same discrete points on the body stimulated in acupuncture; used for therapeutic effects (as the relief of tension or pain).


A type of pain reliever that does not contain aspirin and does not need a prescription.


Hyperalgesia is when a persons pain is much worse then it should be and is another fairly common symptom for people suffering from fybromyalgia.


Paresthesia is an uncomfortable skin sensation like itching, tingling, and burning where there is not a cause of the sensation.


Allodynia is pain a pain on the surface of the skin that is caused by something that shouldn't cause pain. This is a common symptom in Fibromyalgia sufferers.

Pain tolerance

Pain tolerance is how much pain a person can withstand before it becomes untolerable.

Pain Threshold

Pain threshold is when a sensation starts to become painful. This can vary from person to person but tend to be much lower in people suffering from fibromyalgia.

Widespread pain

Widespread pain often has no rhyme or reason.  Patients refer to a constant, all encompassing, body-wide pain that affects them through the day.