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
Syndrome
Muscle Twitches
and Weakness
Memory Loss:
Is it Real?
Weight Gain The Menstrual Cycle Troubles Breathing?

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Emmett
I'm one of the most fortunate people who respond well to a 10 day course of Prednisone when fibromyalgia is worst. My question is this: On day 2 I'm feeling whole, wonderful, and I wonder if I can start work again immediately or should I wait and rest for a couple days before hitting the real world again. Discussion & opinions gladly accepted, educated answers are a Godsend. Thank you.
Dee1226
Hi Everyone, I was diagnosed with FMS and CFS last year, while at the same time being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and a sinus arrhythmia. I experience every symptom imaginable and have gone through such intense pain that I literally thought I was dying. Horrible symptoms like severe acid reflux, which causes my throat to swell and creates breathing and eating problems as well as initiating asthma attacks, IBS and GI pains and bowel issues, sores on my tongue, pain from head to toe, interstitial cystitis, blood in urine, kidney stones, polycystic ovarian syndrome, fatigue that is just unbearable, insomnia, anxiety, depression, blurred and double vision, migraines, fibro fog, memory problems, slurred speech, extreme allergies (environment, food, idiopathic), stiffness, tender points, blackouts and dizziness, racing heart rate, palpitations, constant pain in my chest, shortness of breath, and wheezing, super sonic hearing, taste, and smell, ear pain, TMJ, swollen lymph nodes, etc. After running my 6th half-marathon, I was training for my first full marathon when my lips turned blue, I got really cold, and almost fainted. I was rushed to the hospital and was kept overnight to check my heart and for blood clots. Nothing. I went through a year of doctors passing me around and test after test after test. Nothing. My symptoms had been building for 7 years. But after my lips turned blue, that was it. Full body explosion. After crying for weeks to my PCP, she had an echo done and they found a murmur. So, I went to the cardiologist. It took her 2 visits to put me on a halter monitor, where she saw AFib. I was sent to an electrophysioloist, where she put me on heart medication for a sinus arrhythmia, which for the most part eliminates a lot of my chest pain, shortness of breath, and palpitations (at least compared to before). I also saw a rheum and was diagnosed with FMS and CFS. If you know something is wrong, don't take no for an answer. Some doctors just know more than others. If I had taken No, I would be taking ant-anxiety medications and anti-depressants like I had been for years when I should have been on heart and nerve medication. I am getting my PhD in Health & Human Performance specializing in chronic illnesses. So I knew, without a doubt, that something was seriously wrong. Don't stop until you get answers. After I was diagnosed, I hit the hard reset on my life. You CAN manage FMS symptoms. I chose to do so. I fight every day to get better. Although still fighting, I am a completely different person this year and for the better. Here is what I did. I know it is hard, I had to do this myself. But worth every second of pain or health issue I am able to calm down. Massage - I started getting a massage once a week and now am at bi-weekly with a therapist who understands FMS. The expense is worth what I am saving in medical bills. Nothing makes me feel as good at this. Exercise - You HAVE to exercise, even when it hurts. Go slow and do a little at a time, even 10 minutes. I traded long distance running to soft yoga, light walking, and light weight training. Even though it sucks when I'm doing it and I might be really sore a few days after, after that I am stronger and feel less pain. Stretching - Do calm breathing and deep stretching every day, even if only a few minutes. Get that pain and tension out the best you can. Learn to say no and manage your stress - Stress is what initiated all of this. I quit a corporate job and went into something still very stressful but that I find much more joy in. I have separated myself from people who are selfish, too dependent on me, and those that are just negative. Give yourself a break. Rest when you can. Be kind to yourself. Nutrition - What you eat matters! With great difficulty, I cut out all sugar. The only sugar I eat is naturally found in fruits and honey. I went virtually gluten free. My diet consists of fruits, vegetables, olive oil, honey, yogurts, only some cheese, and lean meats. The minute I cave and eat processed or refined foods, I feel it. I get migraines all over again, muscle pain, and feel like crap. I know it is hard, but AVOID IT. Research healthy food substitutes and recipes. It is worth it. Cutting out soda and removing caffeine also improved body and throat pain, reflux, and tummy problems. Make time for sleep - even if you don't actually sleep, try. Close your eyes. Practice breathing and thinking positive thoughts. Download a sleep app or meditation on your phone. Give your body time to rest. It took monthsss but I actually started sleeping. I had insomnia for 6 days at the most. Daily sleep averaged 3-4 hours. Now, I get 6-9 hours a night. I don't know what rested feels like but I am seeing BIG improvements. My FitbIt tracks my sleep too. I am finally getting REM and deep sleep for 1-2 hours each, when before it virtually didn't exist. I know it is hard and I would recommend one step at a time. It took me a year to do it. But I gave it my all. I now can function and manage almost "normal". I refuse to let this all hold me back. I have a life to live. I have a full time job as a middle school teacher, I teach summer and night classes at a community college, and I am a health and fitness specialist for a retirement community. ON TOP OF going full time for a PhD. I am also a wife and dog mon. I know the struggles and I know it is hard. But do it for you. Take care of yourself. I am on a low dose gabapentin - mostly for the spinal damage from a car accident 2 years ago. Flare ups happen for as long as a month but much less often and not as painful as before. Take control of your life. Identify what can be improved and don't let anything hold you back.
Pamcake819
Hi everyone, I have been dealing with fibromyalgia for over 30 years but recently have experienced some new symptoms. Over the last three months I have had quite a bit of pain in my neck and shoulders and Burning/numbness/tingling in my face. Has anyone else experienced this and do you have any advice/suggestions on how to deal with it?
Fozz64
Could I have fibromyalgia. I have pain but have had two disc ops. I itch all the time. I feel like I have no energy and cannot be bothered to do anything. I have headaches. I have bad hot flushes. For the last year I have had to keep clearing my throat and feel it's full of mucus all the time. I am always tired. I am stiff when I sit for to long. I have suffered with depression for years so doctors will not take notice, they think it's in you head. How can I make them take notice.
Parpi
Hi, I wanted to post something about morning stiffness. I suffer with it and I believe it's to do with a sleep disorder which makes me dream all night. REM sleep makes us remain still, so we don't act out our dreams. I am always in the same position when I wake in the morning, as I was when I went to sleep. So it's no wonder I'm stiff the next day.