What are the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

What are the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

Since determining what fibromyalgia is, which seems to be an undetermined Chronic Pain Disorder or ‘Central Sensitisation Syndrome’ and the type of illness that it is, Chronic Illness and involving many symptoms, we can now begin to look at the varying symptoms that make it such a difficult illness to diagnose.  The varied symptoms can be differing from one sufferer to the next and vary in intensity and severity making Fibro a Chronic illness in many cases with some of the symptoms being illnesses in their own right.

Simply Symptoms is an area designed to keep all Fibromyalgia symptom related posts, pages, blogs, re-blogs & all useful links for sources of further information together under the same roof for ease of reference.

What are the common symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

Widespread (chronic) Painfelt throughout your body, but could be worse in particular areas, such as your back or neck. The pain is likely to be continuous, although it may be better or more severe at different times. 

Fatigue(extreme tiredness). This can range from a mild, tired feeling to the exhaustion often experienced during a flu-like illness.

Severe fatigue may come on suddenly and can drain you of all your energy. If this occurs, you may feel too tired to do anything at all

Sleep DisturbanceTiredness from lack of sleep and poor sleep patterns is very common, and is sometimes severe enough to be more distressing than the pain itself.

You may wake feeling exhausted and fatigued. Many people feel worst first thing in the morning, but improve by the afternoon. Even a small amount of activity may make you tired. The tiredness may cause you to have poor concentration and contribute to ‘Brain Fog’.

HypersensitivitiesFibromyalgia can make you extremely sensitive to pain all over your body, and you may find that even the slightest touch is painful. If you hurt yourself – for example, if you stub your toe – the pain may continue for much longer than it normally would.

You may hear the condition described in the following medical terms:

Hyperalgesia when you are extremely sensitive to pain & your pain senses are heightened more than normal.
Allodynia – when you feel pain from something that should not be painful at all, such as a very light touch such as fabric against the skin for example.

You may also be sensitive to things such as perfumes (chemical senstivities), smoke, certain foods and bright lights (photophobia). Being exposed to something you are sensitive to can cause your other fibromyalgia symptoms to flare up.

Stiffness and achingThe stiffness may be most severe when you have been in the same position for a long period of time – for example, when you first wake up in the morning.

Cognitive Dysfunction – BRAIN FOG – Fogginess

Trouble remembering and learning new things including problems with attention and concentration & slowed or confused speech.

Depression &/or Anxietyconstantly feeling low, feeling hopeless and helpless & losing interest in the things you usually enjoy.  Depression and/or Anxiety can also be viewed as reasons for why Fibromyalgia is being classed today as an Invisible illness.

Headaches/MigrainesCan be very debilitatiing for many fibro sufferers who also find them very difficult to get under control.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome – This appears to be a commom problem with fibromyalgia patients

Migraine headaches and Fibromyalgia

One of the more common symptoms that accompany fibromyalgia is headaches. Along with muscle tension headaches, those caused by neck and back muscles that just won’t relax, there are migraine headaches – the kind that can flatten a person. It is very interesting to note the similarities between migraines and fibromyalgia. As we look at the two in tandem, you will be able to see may points where symptoms, causes and treatments overlap. Many people who are successfully treated for migraine headaches find their fibromyalgia symptoms abate and improve.

This excerpt is taken from www.fibromyalgia-symptoms.org click the link to read more…

Menorrhagia Heavy Periods

Dysmenorrhoea Period Pain

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Other, ‘not-so’ common, or ‘other possible’, symptoms may include:

Dizziness and clumsiness including – poor balance and co-ordination as well as poor hand-eye co-ordination.

Feeling too hot or too cold this is because you’re not able to regulate your body temperature properly (Another hypersensitivity), could also be a sign of Reynauld’s, or an autonomous nervous system dysfunction, hypothyroidism or a number of other chronic disorders.

Restless legs syndrome –  (RLS) an overwhelming urge to move your legs and discomfort, it can disrupt sleep patterns and cause irritability between sleeping partners because their sleep patterns often become disrupted as well.  Disrupted sleep patterns can lead to chronic fatigue, or even insomnia.

Paraesthesia Tingling, numbness, prickling or burning sensations in your hands and feet.  A good explanation via the link below

Is Paresthesia Connected to Fibromyalgia? Is Paresthesia Connected to Fibromyalgia? A Look at Fibromyalgia and Paresthesia  |  fibromyalgia.newlifeoutlook.com   |  Ms. LaWana  | Dec 31, 2013

Costochondritis – Causes pain around the breastbone and ribcage which can cause very painful episodes of limited mobility, ie: inability to use upper body much due to movement enhancing the pain!


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See more at some of my fave Fibro Medical Info HOTSPOTS:

American College of Rheumatology

American College of Rheumatology – I am a patient > Conditions -Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Action UK (FMAUK)

Charity – FibroMyalgia Action UK – Place for info about all things fibro and to help raise awareness

National Fibromyalgia Association


National Institutes of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

National Institutes of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases – Q & A about Fibromyalgia

FM Aware Magazine (subscription is a possibility)

Fibromyalgia Aware Magazine


WebMD Fibromyalgia guide to fibromyalgia symptoms

NHS Choices

NHS Choices – Conditions > Fibromyalgia


Patient > Fibromyalgia leaflet

Arthritis Research UK

Arthritis Research Uk – Fibromyalgia symptoms

Please note: content is subject to change.

Please remember that this post has not been composed by a medical professional, if you suspect any health issues please contact your doctor for advice.

Many thanks for reading

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Updated May 2017