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Pediatric Fibromyalgia

Key points about pediatric fibromyalgia

  • Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes pain in muscles and soft tissues all over the body.
  • It's most common in middle-aged women. But children can also have the condition.
  • Symptoms may also include lack of energy (fatigue), sleep problems, headaches and other problems.
  • It's not known if fibromyalgia in a child continues into adulthood.
  • The pain and lack of energy can affect your child’s quality of life and cause depression.


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Rheumatology Treatment at Children's National Hospital

Pediatric specialists at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., have the expertise to diagnose, treat and manage autoimmune and inflammatory disorders in a growing child's muscles, tissues and joints. Discover more about the treatments we offer.

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Meet the Providers Who Treat Fibromyalgia

    Departments that Treat Fibromyalgia

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    The Division of Rheumatology aims to improve the health and quality of life for children with rheumatic diseases and musculoskeletal disorders through comprehensive, patient-focused care, including testing, treatment, and patient and family education programs.

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    Pediatric Pain Medicine

    The Children's National Pediatric Pain Medicine Program is one of only a few in the country focused exclusively on managing pain for infants, children and teens. When children are unable to express their pain in words, our pediatric specialists have the unique insight to help.