What are the fibromyalgia symptoms?

Fibromyalgia affects the entire body from head to toe, and manifests in various ways. These manifestations present themselves as symptoms and range from something simple such as a headache to more complex issues like sensory sensitivities.  And the never ending question seems to be, “What are the fibromyalgia symptoms?” There is no confirmed, set in stone list as the symptoms of fibromyalgia grow year after year, but here is a place to start.

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What are the fibromyalgia symptoms?

There are many symptoms of fibromyalgia, and these symptoms can vary from person to person. Some of the main symptoms experienced by a majority of people living with fibromyalgia are:

  • lasting muscle pain and/or muscle spasms
  • stiffness upon waking or staying in one position too long
  • difficulty remembering or concentrating, known as ‘fibro fog’
  • abdominal pain including IBS, bloating, nausea, leaky gut syndrome
  • frequent headaches
  • jaw/facial tenderness
  • sensory sensitivities
  • anxiety or depression
  • numbness or tingling in the extremities such as the feet, hands
  • increase in urinary frequency
  • muscle knots
  • reduced tolerance for exercise and increased muscle pain after exercise
  • feeling of swelling in hands and feet without actual swelling
  • chronic pain and tenderness
  • fatigue and sleep disturbance

In other words, we hurt all over, can’t sleep, tired all the time, irritable, have frequent headaches, and spend most days with some type of stomach issue. When one or more symptoms feel more intense or frequent, it’s called a flare. Read more about fibromyalgia flares.


Are there ways to relieve the symptoms?

There is no ‘cure’ for fibromyalgia, but there are various ways to alleviate the symptoms, and make the pain much more manageable.


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Tips and other articles about fibromyalgia symptoms

Donna from Fed Up with Fatigue asked fibro thrivers to share their best tips for reducing symptoms. Read their tips here.

Often times symptoms can be confused with side effects from medications, so Julie, writer at Counting My Spoons, wrote an article on the two. Read that article here.


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Hi, I’m Brandi, the writer and creator of Being Fibro Mom and My Fibro Journal. Aside from my work on Being Fibro Mom, I run a group called Fibro Parenting on Facebook. I've been writing for the Fibromyalgia Magazine since 2016 and recently became the Secretary and Fibro & Families program director for International Support Fibromyalgia Network. Facebook-+-Twitter-+-Instagram

2 thoughts on “What are the fibromyalgia symptoms?

  • July 26, 2017 at 1:22 am

    I think the symptoms I hate going through most is the lack of sleep and the pain. The pain increases my inability to sleep, and I feel like if I could just sleep, the body might recover better.

    • August 4, 2017 at 10:41 am

      It’s a vicious cycle and one that’s difficult to break.


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