72 Fibromyalgia Symptoms (You Won’t Believe) Don’t Miss Reading


You have probably read about fibromyalgia symptoms, such as pain, fatigue, and fibro fog, but the list of possible symptoms is long-range and wide-body. Those little lists don’t even begin to describe our experience! I put together this “monster list” of over 60 symptoms to let you know that you are  not only! The list is adapted from one put together by fibromyalgia author Devin Starlanyl along with other research.Knowing the full range of symptoms can help you track them, either to help the doctor reach a diagnosis or to help identify triggers. . It also helps to know that you are not the only person experiencing these! Some of the following conditions are seen as overlapping, meaning they commonly occur with fibromyalgia, but are actually conditions that need to be diagnosed and treated separately.

We can have any combination of the following symptoms, and in varying degrees of severity.

General symptoms

  • Delayed reactions to physical exertion or stressful events
  • Other family members with fibromyalgia (genetic predisposition)
  • sweats
  • unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Cravings for carbohydrates and chocolate
  • Headaches and migraines
  • vision changes, such as vision that quickly gets worse

Muscle & Tissue Symptoms

  • Pain that ranges from mild to severe, and can move around the body (See the 7 types of fibromyalgia pain)
  • Morning stiffness
  • muscle spasms
  • diffuse inflammation
  • Fibrocystic (lumpy, tender) breasts (as an overlapping condition)

Allergy symptoms and sinuses

  • allergies
  • Goteo postnasal
  • Runny nose
  • Mold and yeast sensitivity
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Earaches and itchy ears
  • ringing in the ears (tinitis)
  • thick secretions

Sleep-related symptoms

  • light pattern and / or non-restorative sleep is broken with sleep
  • Fatigue
  • sleepy bursts (falling sensations)
  • nervous muscles at night
  • Teeth (bruxism)

Reproductive symptoms

  • menstrual problems
  • PMS (as an overlay condition)
  • Loss of libido
  • Impotence

Digestive and abdominal symptoms

  • Bloating and nausea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Pelvic pain
  • irritable bowel syndrome (as an overlapping condition)
  • Urinary frequency

Cognitive / Neurological Symptoms

  • Difficulty speaking familiar words, other language disturbances (dysphasia)
  • directional disorientation
  • Bad balance and coordination
  • Paresthesia in the upper extremities (tingling or burning sensations)
  • Loss of the ability to distinguish some shades of colors
  • short-term memory impairment
  • Confusion
  • difficult to focus
  • Staring into space before the brain “kicks in”
  • Inability to recognize their familiar surroundings

Sensory symptoms

  • Sensitivity to odors
  • Sensitivity to changes in pressure, temperature and humidity
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Difficulty driving at night
  • sensory overload

Emotional symptoms

  • Panic attacks
  • Depression (as an overlapping condition)
  • Tendency to cry easily
  • free-floating anxiety (not associated with the situation or object)
  • Humor changes
  • unexplained irritability

Symptoms related to the heart

  • mitral valve prolapse (as an overlapping condition)
  • irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (as an overlapping condition)
  • Pain that mimics heart attack, often from costochondritis (as an overlapping condition)

Skin, hair and nails symptoms

  • pronounced ridges nails
  • Nails that curve under
  • mottled skin
  • Easily bruised or scarred
  • Hair loss (temporary)
  • tissue overgrowth (non-cancerous tumors called lipomas, ingrown hairs, heavy cuticles and splitting, adhesions)

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