Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

In addition to pain and fatigue, people who have fibromyalgia may experience:

  • sleep disturbances
  • morning stiffness
  • headaches
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • painful menstrual periods
  • numbness or tingling of the extremities
  • restless legs syndrome
  • temperature sensitivity
  • cognitive and memory problems (sometimes referred to as “fibro fog”)
  • a variety of other symptoms*


This site contains reliable information from National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) and true stories from people who have fibromyalgia.


Visit the Fibro Bloggers Directory for a list of blogs by people who have fibromyalgia. 

* Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

  • chronic muscle pain
  • muscle spasms
  • muscle tightness
  • weakness in limbs
  • leg cramps
  • fatigue
  • decreased energy
  • insomnia 
  • feeling tired on waking
  • stiffness upon waking
  • stiffness after staying in one position
  • jaw and facial tenderness
  • sensitivity to odours, noise, bright lights or foods,
  • feeling anxious or
  • feeling depressed
  • increase in urinary urgency or frequency (irritable bladder)
  • reduced tolerance for exercise
  • muscle pain after exercise
  • feeling of swelling in hands and feet
  • painful menstrual periods
  • dizziness

Fibromyalgia symptoms may change through out the day  while - for many 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tends to be when they feel the best.

Symptoms may get worse with increased fatigue, tension, inactivity, changes in the weather,  overexertion, hormonal fluctuations, stress or depression.

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome rather than a disease.

Unlike a disease,

which is a medical condition with a specific cause or causes and recognizable signs and symptoms.

A syndrome is a collection of signs, symptoms, and medical problems that tend to occur together but are not related to a specific, identifiable cause.


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