Chronic Widespread Pain
While many peoples' pain is localised into particular areas of the body, in some cases the pain is more widespread. Such pains include a condition called fibromyalgia.
A factor playing a major role in many widespread pain conditions is the tendency of the pain pathways within the central nervous system to become more "jumpy", called central seinsitisation. This is discussed in more detail here. Currently many pain clinicians are moving towards using a classification of chronic widespread pain rather than particular diagnoses.
The British Pain Society and Map of Medicine have recently finalised and published recommended pathways for Chronic WIdespread Pain, Including Fibromyalgia.
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