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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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 :)
Hi gypsy67, I feel the exact same way you do. So I dont think it's "normal" but it's definately common. Although I feel like i would rather sleep than do anything. I do what I can to try and stay busy. It actually helps to have a hobby or some kind of activity to get you through those times of fatigue. At least it does with me. Some days I feel like this is so unfair. I'm only 47 and I feel like I'm 90. missmew1, see if your doctor will prescribe Tramodol. I have COPD on top of FM and it actually seems to help with both. A little, but it helps. And we all know we'll take every little bit
The Mac
i too has just been diagnosed but my doc thinks ive had it for years it is just really rare someone my age and gender would have it but it all makes sense, doesnt make it easier to deal with but i guess its better i know