What is the Fibromyalgia Pain Point Map?

If your doctor suspects fibromyalgia is your illness, he or she may evaluate your pain symptoms using the pain point evaluation, also called the tender point evaluation.  Each point is illustrated on the map.

Here is a Post the Best Pain Point Chart with explanations:

Fibromyalgia Pain Point Description Map

In 2010, The American College of Rheumatology redefined the criteria for diagnosing fibromyalgia.  Tender pain points alone are no longer the core qualifier.  Instead, the diagnosis includes how widely the pain is spread throughout the body, as well as the presence of co-existing symptoms or ailments:

  • fatigue

  • depression

  • memory issues

  • sleep disorders

  • digestive disruption

  • headaches/migraines

  • medical problems associated with sensitivity to physical environs.

Important:  Tender points vs. Trigger points

Tender points are points on the body that are sensitive, and fire off pain when medium pressure is applied to them.  Pain is localized, and does not migrate or refer to other parts of the body.


Trigger points are also points on the body that are sensitive, and fire off pain when medium pressure is applied to them.  However, the pain happens at a different place on the body than where the pressure is applied.  In other words, the original pain point ‘triggers’  or shoots pain to  another part of the body. The original trigger point may or may not be painful. This referred pain is typical in a condition called myofascial pain, which fibro-sufferers can also have.  This pain is caused by muscle fibers repeatedly contracting. The pain is persistent, and can worsen over time.

Explaining the Fibromyalgia Pain Point Map

Pain Point Map specially for Fibromyalgia patients.

How can you use it?

  • Where does it hurt?  This Map can help you communicate to your Doctor and health care team the exact sites and scope of your Fibromyalgia pain.  This less talk, more pictures presentation tool helps your medical support team understand how the disease is affecting you in the moment.

  • Map your healing progress.  The Trigger Point Pain Map helps patients mark their progress towards better health.  Keep a visual log of your recovery, and celebrate your successes!