The pain experienced by people with fibromyalgia is not characterised by physical damage or injury to the body. It is best described as a problem with the way that the brain and central nervous system interprets pain messages within the body. That is why many people consider it to be a neurological condition.
This does not, however mean that the pain experienced by people with fibromyalgia is any less real. Clinical research studies involving people with and without fibromyalgia have proven that when physical pressure was applied to the body; the individuals with fibromyalgia could tolerate far lower levels than the individuals without the condition. Brain scans substantiated these findings by showing that of the individuals taking part those with fibromyalgia had a higher than normal sensitivity to pain.