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.
Fibromyalgia is estimated to affect approximately 2% of the population which equates to several hundred thousand sufferers in Australia. It is one of the most common rheumatic syndromes. The female:male ratio is 9:1, and it is most frequent between the ages of 20-50 years