Fibromyalgia: Seven Common Symptoms

Fibromyalgia can cause a wide variety of symptoms which can vary greatly from one patient to the next. This makes the disease especially difficult to diagnose, but there are some symptoms which are experienced by the majority of fibro sufferers, such as muscle and joint pain which can be so severe as to be debilitating. These are seven of the most common symptoms nearly everyone with the disease reports experiencing one of the following:

1. Fatigue

Frequent, even constant fatigue is one of the very most common symptoms of this condition. Even the most common of daily activities can become nearly impossible for people with severe fibro-related fatigue. Some patients report that even staying awake through the day can be a struggle.

2. Insomnia

As if the all day fatigue weren’t bad enough, people with fibromyalgia commonly have difficulty falling asleep at night. Many people find themselves tossing and turning for hours before finally nodding off, while others find that the real problem is being able to stay asleep. These sleep difficulties only add to the fatigue that patients suffer.

3. Brain Fog

Called “fibro fog” by many patients, this common symptom gives people with fibro difficulty thinking clearly. It can become hard to concentrate and focus on what you happen to be doing at the time. This symptom can also be characterized by memory problems and even speech problems, as it can suddenly become difficult to recall words or pronounce familiar words correctly.

4. Muscle And Joint Pain

Joint and muscle pain which is almost constant is one of the very most common – and most distressing symptoms of fibromyalgia. The pain may appear in the back, arms, legs, neck or everywhere at once. Achy joints are also especially common. However, the joint and muscle pain of fibromyalgia might also appear as stiffness and tightness or sudden, painful muscle spasms instead of a constant ache; the same patient can also experience both types of pain.

5. Sensitivity

A broad range of sensitivities are associated with this disorder. The most common of these include smells, sounds and lights – even ordinarily pleasant smells, soft sounds or lights can become unbearable in their intensity.

Fibromyalgia patients may also be extremely sensitive to medications, even those which have not given them problems in the past. If you begin experiencing stomachaches or headaches after using medication, then your fibromyalgia could be causing this sensitivity.

Sensitivity to some foods can also be a symptom. Food sensitivities can manifest as nasal congestion, nausea, stomachache, rashes or hives or in some cases, irritable bowel syndrome can be caused by fibro-related sensitivity.

6. Headaches

Headaches are commonly associated with fibromyalgia and may range in their severity from mild annoyance to nearly debilitating. Tension headaches are the most common type (although many people with fibromyalgia also experience migraines). Fibro headaches may be an occasional or chronic occurrence, sometimes happening 15 or more times per month. Fibromyalgia patients who experience migraines report that they can be very frequent and severe, often causing nausea and difficulty seeing during an episode.

7. Anxiety

Anxiety isn’t something that everyone necessarily associates with fibromyalgia, but if you suffer from this disease, there’s a good chance that it’s something that you have to cope with, possibly often. Feeling worried or nervous about anything and everything in your life is a common issue in fibro patients, so if you’re going through this, you’re not alone.

Whether you suffer from one, two or all of these common symptoms, there is hope. These symptoms can be hard to live with and are often painful, but there are medications and other treatments available which can help to ease your symptoms and make this still not entirely understood disease easier to live with.

Other related articles:

Symptoms from WebMD
WebMD explains all the symptoms of fibromyalgia, including common ones and lesser known symptoms.

Symptoms – Mayo Clinic
Fibromyalgia — Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, treatment of this chronic condition characterized by widespread pain.

Complete Symptoms Checklist – Verywell
Get a complete fibromyalgia symptoms list, including not just pain, fatigue, and fibro fog, but all the symptoms you thought only you had.


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