Juvenile fibromyalgia is a disorder of musculoskeletal pain characterized by multiple discrete tender points (TPs), fatigue, and sleep disturbance in the child and adolescent. JPFS can be chronic in nature and can necessitate a multidisciplinary approach to the ongoing treatment of the disorder. The pain experienced is modulated by factors such as activity, anxiety, stress, and weather changes.
Juvenile fibromyalgia is gaining more attention and research in this population has escalated over the last few years. Pediatric rheumatologists treat many children with FM symptoms and it is believed that many of the juveniles seen in pediatric chronic pain clinics probably have FM either as a separate entity or as part of overlapping conditions.