The symptoms of
fibromyalgia vary from person to person. Symptoms can last from days to months or years.
The most common symptoms are:
- Widespread deep or burning pain above and below your waist and on
the right and left sides of your body. Pain is more common in the
trunk, neck, low back, hips, and shoulders. It usually gets worse gradually and can interfere
with even simple daily activities.
- Tender points (or trigger points) on the body that hurt when pressed.
Other symptoms that can occur
along with pain include:
- Fatigue that interferes with work and daily
- Sleep problems, such as trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, or
waking up feeling tired.
- Morning stiffness lasting less than an
- Constipation or diarrhea related to
irritable bowel syndrome.
- Memory problems
and trouble concentrating.
- Anxiety or depression.
with fibromyalgia have times when their symptoms get worse and other times
when they have milder or no symptoms. Flare-ups of fatigue and muscle and joint
aches are common, especially following physical or emotional stress. Many
people with fibromyalgia say that cold or damp weather, poor sleep, fatigue,
stress, or being too active makes their pain worse.
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology
October 20, 2011
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