Fibromyalgia | Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Symptoms of fibromyalgia can include the following:

  • Increased sensitivity to pain
  • A deep ache or a burning pain that gets worse because of activity, stress, weather changes or other factors
  • Muscle stiffness or spasms
  • Pain that moves around your body
  • Feelings of numbness or tingling in your hands, arms or legs
  • Feeling very tired or fatigued (out of energy), even when you get enough sleep
  • Trouble sleeping

People who have fibromyalgia often also have one or more of the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Increased sensitivity to odors, bright lights, loud noises or medicines
  • Headaches, migraines or jaw pain
  • Dry eyes or mouth
  • Dizziness and problems with balance
  • Problems with memory or concentration (sometimes called the “fibro fog”)
  • For women, painful menstrual periods

Why do I feel depressed?

Depression or anxiety may occur as a result of your constant pain and fatigue, or the frustration you feel with the condition. It is also possible that the same chemical imbalances in the brain that cause mood changes also contribute to fibromyalgia.

Does fibromyalgia cause permanent damage?

No. Although fibromyalgia causes symptoms that can be very painful and uncomfortable, your muscles and organs are not being damaged. This condition is not life-threatening, but it is chronic (ongoing). Although there is no cure, there are many things you can do to feel better.

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Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 07/13
Created: 09/00

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