People with fibromyalgia often feel different types of pain in their bodies. Along with widespread, deep muscle pain, it’s common to feel multiple tender points, too.
Tender points are areas of pain around joints, but not in the joints themselves. These places hurt when you press on them.
One of the main symptoms of fibromyalgia is widespread pain. Doctors have identified certain areas or points on the body that appear to be tender for people who have the condition.
Tender points are sensitive areas on the body that become painful when pressure is applied. Tender points are sometimes also referred to as trigger points, but they are not the same thing.
Trigger points are parts of the body that cause pain in another location of the body when pressure is applied. For example, if pressure is applied to the elbow, a person may actually feel the pain in their hand. Some people with fibromyalgia have both tender points and trigger points.
Back of the neck
Neck pain can also be caused by injuries, rheumatoid arthritis, or activities that strain the neck, like slouching or sleeping in an uncomfortable position.
Other causes of elbow pain can include tendonitis or repetitive strain injuries.
Front of the neck
This pair of trigger points is located well above the collarbone, on either side of the larynx.
In contrast, people with fibromyalgia may have a tender point near where the buttock muscles curve to join the thighs.
However, people with fibromyalgia may have pain trigger points at the very top of the buttocks, right at the bottom of the lower back.
Such is the case for this pair of tender points, located where the back muscles connect to the shoulder blades in the upper back.
The sternum, also known as the breastbone, helps protect the heart and lungs.