Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain and tenderness throughout the body and can lead to feelings of helplessness. With fibromyalgia, even light touches can feel painful. It can be difficult to perform normal activities due to fear of pain. The underlying cause of fibromyalgia is caused by chronic inflammation throughout the body. This condition may begin after an injury but is a life-long problem. For many, there is also a spinal nerve component that increases the pain and symptoms they experience. Irritation of the spinal cord and other nerves leads to more inflammation throughout the body and chronic, often intense pain. Treatment aimed at decreasing the inflammation and irritation around nerves will decrease your pain throughout the body and improve your quality of life. In addition, dietary improvements and in some cases weight loss can be very helpful. There is no cure for fibromyalgia at this time, but proper treatment can significantly improve your pain levels and limit the periods of disability.