Updated 28 March 2018

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition associated with widespread pain, stiffness and tenderness of the muscles and soft tissues around joints.

The pain of fibromyalgia is not accompanied by inflammation in the affected tissues, and therefore does not lead to joint deformity or other tissue damage.

In this regard, fibromyalgia differs from many other rheumatic conditions (diseases that affect the muscles, joints or associated tissues).

Fibromyalgia may occur in isolation, but many people with the condition also have other musculoskeletal disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis.

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Professor Asgar Ali Kalla completed his MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 1975 at the University of Cape Town and his FRCP in 2003 in London. Professor Ali Kalla is the Isaac Albow Chair of Rheumatology at the University of Cape Town and also the Head of Division of Rheumatology at Groote Schuur Hospital. He has participated in a number of clinical trials for rheumatology and is active in community outreach. Prof Ali Kalla is an expert in Arthritis for Health24.

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