Juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome (JPFS) is a condition that causes children and teenagers to experience musculoskeletal pain “all over” and fatigue as their main symptoms. Unfortunately, we still don’t know what causes JPFS. This condition is also sometimes called chronic widespread pain or pain amplification, just a few of the other names you might hear involving similar symptoms.
Patients with JPFS are sometimes cared for by a rheumatologist because of the symptoms of muscle and joint pain. Someone with primary fibromyalgia does not have any other chronic illness or illnesses. It is important to know that there are some patients with other chronic diseases (like arthritis or lupus) who develop similar symptoms, and we call that secondary fibromyalgia.