What is fibromyalgia?
Although people have become more aware of fibromyalgia in recent years, the condition has actually been around for a long time. It used to be called fibrositis, a term introduced by William Gowers, MD, in 1904. But the “itis” in fibrositis signifies inflammation, and there is no evidence of inflammation in the muscles, joints or other soft tissues in people with fibromyalgia, so in the 1970s the term “fibromyalgia” was coined. “Fibro” comes from Dr. Gowers’s first (and incorrect) description of the cause of pain in fibrositis as residing in the fibrous tissue of the lower back. “Myalgia” means muscle pain.