Polyarthralgia: Joint Pain and Fibromyalgia

Author: Disabled World
Published: 2009/04/22 - Updated: 2019/08/31
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Synopsis: Information and definition of Polyarthralgia, a medical term usually used to describe aches and pain affecting five or more joints in the human body. Polyarthralgia is defined as arthritic pain and aches in the joints, joint pains, arthralgia of multiple joints, and multiple joint pain. Polyarthralgia is more common in women and even more so with increasing age.

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What is Polyarthralgia?

Polyarthralgia is defined as aches in the joints, joint pains, arthralgia of multiple joints, and multiple joint pain.

Doctors need to review patient histories as well as carry out physical examinations in order to be able to provide an accurate diagnosis of polyarthralgia.

Treatment of polyarthralgia can involve medication or medication free strategies. The aim of treatment for polyarthralgia is to reduce the pain, help promote healing, and allow your joints to keep working properly.

Polyarthralgia is a non-inflammatory condition having a number of symptoms that can include include:

Related Terms:

Simple Arthralgia:

Polymyalgia and Fibromyalgia:

Polymyalgia and fibromyalgia are quite often confused as they both cause muscle pains throughout the body - and they both have similar names. However, they are different disorders with different causes. In fact, it is possible for a person to have both polymyalgia and fibromyalgia. The difference between fibromyalgia and Polyarthralgia is polyarthritis causes inflammation to the joints, whereas there is no inflammation with polyarthralgia.

Polyarthralgia and Polymyalgia:

Polyarthralgia also shares some similarities with Polymyalgia, and both of those conditions cause similar pain levels. However, Polyarthralgia affects the joints, while polymyalgia affects the muscles around the joints. It is possible to have both Polyarthralgia as well as Polymyalgia at the same time. Both polymyalgia and fibromyalgia may cause depression related to living with a painful chronic condition.


Polyarthritis is the word usually used to describe pain affecting five or more joints, while a patient with 2 to 4 joints involved would be said to have oligoarticular disease.

The initial symptoms of Polyarthritis - which usually appear in the third to fifth decade of life - include painless swelling or thickening of the skin of the hands and fingers, pain and stiffness of the joints (polyarthralgia), often mistaken for rheumatoid arthritis, and paroxysmal blanching and cyanosis (becoming blue) of the fingers induced by exposure to cold (Raynaud syndrome).

Rheumatoid arthritis:

At least four of these signs or symptoms for six weeks:


Seronegative (non-rheumatoid) Arthritis:


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