Fibromyalgia is a widespread chronic pain syndrome that occurs mostly in women 20 to 50 years old. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases estimates that five million people in the U.S. suffer from Fibromyalgia.
Even though it’s so wide-spread, the cause of Fibromyalgia is still unclear, and Fibromyalgia symptoms can be just as varied and complex.
A Fibromyalgia Symptoms List:
Fibromyalgia is diagnosed as a syndrome a collection of signs, symptoms, and medical problems not just by one marker. The three fibromyalgia symptoms that point most directly to a diagnosis are:
- Widespread pain on both sides of the body, and above and below the waist
- Cognitive difficulties
However, Fibromyalgia is a complex chronic pain syndrome that affects every aspect of a person’s life. This post will go over all of these fibromyalgia symptoms in more detail, as well as specific fibromyalgia symptoms in women. A full fibromyalgia symptoms list varies from patient to patient, but it could include any of the following 27 fibromyalgia symptoms:
- Widespread muscle soreness
- Muscle spasms
- Headaches or migraines
- Rebound pain
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Excessive gas
- Painful bladder syndrome
- Increased sensitivity to pain
- Pins and needles sensations
- Increased overall sensitivity to cold and touch
- Inability to concentrate, or “fibro fog”
- Problems with balance and coordination
- Nervous energy
- Emotional sensitivity
- Increased stress response
- Sleep disorders
- Joint stiffness
- Menstrual pain or changes
- Increased chance of other health conditions
Knowing these symptoms and if they affect you can help when it comes to diagnosis. It takes years for the average person to be diagnosed. This is because the symptoms of fibromyalgia overlap with many other disorders.
The following video gives a bit more information about this pain syndrome.