Does Fibromyalgia cause tenderness in the abdomen?

Published: December 10, 2012

Dear Dr. T,

Does fibromyalgia cause tenderness in the abdomen that happens when pressed on and some intermittent pains when it is not pressed on? I also have nausea and tenderness along the front of my ribs. My doctor is treating me for fibromyalgia even though my rheumatologist told me about five years ago that I didn't have it. I have places all over me that are tender and flare up. Mine keeps getting worse. I appreciate you answering. Thank you.


Abdominal and chest pains are common in FMS. If pushing on the chest over a rib where it hurts reproduces the pain, it suggests muscle pain.


Dr. T

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. His newest book (June 10, 2024) is You Can Heal From Long COVID. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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