Question: One of the symptoms of FM is lower back pain. Is this different from the pain you feel if you have arthritis in your spine (degenerative disk disease)? I probably have compressed disks causing nerve pain. But I also experience stiffness when getting up in the morning or getting up from a sitting position after a long time. The protruding bone of my inner elbows (when your palm is facing upward) hurts like the dickens. But the tender point is on the opposite side, right? My doctor thinks this is tendonitis. It seems like most of my pain is caused by "something else". I'm so confused.