Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Although increased sensitivity to pain is the main symptom of fibromyalgia, fibromyalgia syndrome and other types of chronic pain diseases form a family of overlapping syndromes. Therefore, even though the most common symptoms are pain and fatigue in muscles and tendons, often it is seen that those suffering from fibromyalgia will have other associated conditions and symptoms. It is because of these overlapping symptoms that fibromyalgia cam to be categorized as a syndrome rather than a disease.



Learn How To Recognize Your Fibromyalgia Symptoms!

This list of major symptoms of fibromyalgia is for your reference only and it is not intended to diagnose fibromyalgia, which should be left to a doctor familiar with the disorder. It is important that you seek an informed professional before jumping to conclusions regarding your condition. As well as, since the majority of fibromylgia patients are women, it's important for women to find the right and supportive gynecologist to discuss how menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause will affect and be affected by their fibromlygia.

Note, not all these fibromyalgia symptoms will apply to all patients. Common signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

Widespread Pain Morning Stiffness Fatigue Vision Problems  
Nausea Sleep Disorders Urinary and Pelvic Problems
Dizziness Chronic Headaches Cold Symptoms
Temperomandibular Joint
Dysfunction Syndrome
Multiple Chemical
Sensitivity Syndromes
"Fibrofog": Cognitive
or Memory Impairment
Skin Complaints Chest Symptoms Anxiety
Depression Dysmenorrhea Aggravating Factors
Myofascial Pain
Muscle Twitches
and Weakness
Memory Loss:
Is it Real?
Weight Gain The Menstrual Cycle Troubles Breathing?

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I was just recently diagnosed, and since my symptoms were so unique it was actually a surprise. I had never considered it before. I am very temperature sensitive, cold is very painful and it takes very little activity for me to sweat profusely. I have to really keep my emotions stable, stress, anxiety, sadness and excitement can cause a headache. God forbid if I cry, the pain is awful. I am feeling the joint pain more and more, especially as the winter months kick in. My nausea is terrible. Ugh.
Hi, I am a 52 yr old woman who for most of my life have been known as the bulldozer in my family.I do yard work and property clean ups. So on Feb 12th 2013, I went to get out of bed and collapsed on the floor.My legs just wouldn't work.It took me 45 mins to to finally get up and get to my door about 10 feet away.My feet when I tried to lift them kept flipping heel side up too.When I finally was able to stand,both legs were extremely wobbly, and my left foot kept trying to come down on my right.I went to the ER two days later where the doctor did a neuro motor exam on my legs and graded them both as +1+5.Nine days later it happened to both arms.I need to add that prior to this,I had been having very painful electric like shocks down both arms while coughing or sneezing.The ER doctor strongly urged me to see a neurologist and stated on my discharge papers neuropathy.At first I was afraid to do any working,but I started to a little at first and began to improve.But I am not even close to how I was before.I improve only to a certain point.Mornings my legs are extremely stiff and sometimes improve in a short while,but sometimes ther's no improvement.When sitting for more than 10mins.It's like in the morning again they are extremely stiff.My left leg also starts to drag after a couple minutes of walking.Running or stairs I cannot do at all.I have 36 different numb areas on my back through out the day. My hips hurt real bad when I am in bed,but that pain usually stops once I am up a while.Fingers on both hands were numb and tingly constantly,but now feel as if they had been in water for hours and are all spongy feeling.Index fingers in pain constantly now too.It took until May 9th to have first MRI done of my brain.And on July 2nd I had one done on my entire spine.When I went to my doctor on the 12th of July,he told me I was going through the stages of degenertive disc disease.Regardless of the outcome,I am a very strong person,and can adapt my life to this,but I feel somethings wrong with this picture.Is it me?Or does this sound far worse that deneretive disc disease?Thank you for any comments.I have been referred to see a orthopedic dr. And also to have a nerve test done as my feet did not respond very well to a test my doctor did on them.
Hello Everyone, I'm glad to know that all of the symptoms I have been experiencing for years is not all in my head. The truth is, I was diagnosed several years ago with FM by a neurosurgeon before doctors even really knew what it was. I don't think he knew what it was either, because when I asked him what it was he said that's what they call these symptoms when they can't find a legitimate diagnosis for it. I wanted to knock him in the head but I kept my anger to myself. I knew it wasn't all in my head because the pain and fatigue covered my entire body. I found a medicine that actually helps my FM most days. Well at least it helps me feel normal for the most part. It helps with my fatigue, my aches and pains, my anxiety (something I never had before the FM) and all the other symptoms I deal with. I already had low back pain due to a hit and run by a drunk driver but my pain was manageable until the FM hit me. It feels like someone has strapped a ton of bricks on me. I sleep but I don't feel rested when I'm without my meds and pain ridden. The meds I found are not even for FM. They're for dieting and my doctor gave them to me to help with the sudden onset of weight gain. Low and behold the Phendimetrizine was helping the FM (not the weight though). I still struggle with that but, I have managed to lose 10 pounds in the last month through drinking 32 ounces of ice water before each meal. The Phendimetrizine gives me energy but not excessive energy. I actually get up most mornings feeling like I at least got some sleep. I still have my days that I feel worse then others but I know it would be worse without my meds. I don't get as depressed either. As a matter of fact i'm happier. I know it sounds crazy but it's true.
are there any way I can get help with fibromyalagia in the UK??
I know the exact feeling gypsy67.. I'm only 18 and I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia a few months ago, it was a huge weight off my shoulders finally getting to know what on earth was wrong with me?! Don't worry, it's normal in fms for even doing the simplest tasks can cause widespread pain! One minute I could be sat there feeling absolutely fine, and the next, I literally can't keep my eye's open, even if I've slept 12 hours the night before, it's ridiculous! You've said at the end, how do I deal with this mentally? The best thing to do, is to research fibromyalgia as much as you possibly can, this helps you get a better understanding of the illness and why you're feeling that way. Even though I've only recently been diagnosed, I have researched fms for at least 2 years as my mum has it and everyone thought I had it also (which turned out in the end I have.) So the research has given me a much better understanding on what to expect with fms and ways I can deal with it. Hope this has helped you, try to stay positive :)