muscular rheumatism

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Related to muscular rheumatism: fibromyalgia


popular but indefinite term for any of a variety of disorders marked by inflammation, degeneration, or metabolic derangement of connective tissue structures (especially joints and related structures), with pain, stiffness, or limitation of motion; it includes such disorders as arthritis, osteoarthritis, bursitis, and sciatica.
desert rheumatism the primary form of coccidioidomycosis.
muscular rheumatism fibrositis.
palindromic rheumatism repeated attacks of arthritis and periarthritis without fever and without causing irreversible joint changes.


1. Inflammation of fibrous tissue.
2. Term used to denote generalized muscle aching, soreness, or stiffness, with multiple tender foci (trigger points); of unknown etiology; was used formerly to describe the syndrome now known as fibromyalgia. Synonym(s): muscular rheumatism Compare: fibromyalgia.
[fibro- + G. -itis, inflammation]

muscular rheumatism

Any of several muscular conditions marked by tenderness, soreness, pain, and local spasm, e.g., fibromyalgia, myositis, polymyalgia, and torticollis.
See also: rheumatism