I am try to understand fibromyalgia. I know about the "18" tender points. But, are those the "ONLY" painful areas in the muscles? I have tried researching this but I get more confused the more I read!! This is why I ask... I have been diagnosed with fibro, but wonder if that is really what I have. Without going into great detail, one thing that I wonder about is my muscle pain. I have LOTS of it. Especially when touched, and especially in my arms. I have leg pain too, and areas on my legs are sensitive to touch, and my back hurts really, really bad to touch - but seems to be specific 'spots' that the doctor touches that hurt- all thought there are MANY of them!!!! . But my upper arms hurt 'all over' from what I can tell. It is not a 'specific' spot or 'point' that hurts. Is that 'normal'? Tonight, I bumped my arm (brushed it really) on something & was surprised that it seriously hurt as if I had been punched. But it was not a "spot" it was an "all over" pain. This is not the first time this has happened. It makes me wonder since I keep reading about specific "tender points" in fibro...so are those the only places that are suppose to hurt? If you have fibro, do you have muscle pain elsewhere or hurt when you get bumped lightly? THANKS in advanced!