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The 103 Symptoms of Fibromyalgia and the Challenges That Come With Them

Updated on February 16, 2018
Many people living with fibromyalgia experience a variety of symptoms. Some symptoms–like widespread pain–are common, and others–like dry, itchy skin–are not as prevalent.
Many people living with fibromyalgia experience a variety of symptoms. Some symptoms–like widespread pain–are common, and others–like dry, itchy skin–are not as prevalent.

What Is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is an incredibly complex illness with a wide range of symptoms and complications. So much so even some doctors are unaware of all that fibro causes. It can also be difficult at times to differentiate which symptoms are caused by fibromyalgia itself and which are caused by companion illnesses.

But one of the most challenging things we have to face is others misjudgment of us and this illness.

What We Wished Others Knew About Fibromyalgia

Many know that fibromyalgia causes pain, but do they know that fibromyalgia causes multiple types of pain and affects multiple systems in the body? Do they also know how deeply and profoundly fibromyalgia affects every single thing that we do?

Living with a wide range of symptoms means we very rarely have an off day. If we have a low pain day, then fatigue is terrible. Or maybe it is the day we can’t focus or remember anything we are supposed to be doing.

Even worse still, maybe today is the day that we have a migraine, radiating pain in our back, neck, and shoulders, numbness in our hands, joint stiffness in our knees, nausea, dizziness, and an overwhelming sense of dread and despair about it all.

With over 100 potential symptoms, it is impossible for us to list all the different combination of symptoms we may experience at any given time.

Living with a wide range of symptoms means we very rarely have an off day.

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The 103 Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

  • All-over pain
  • Deep pain
  • Aching pain
  • Radiating pain
  • Shooting pain
  • Tender pain
  • Increased sensitivity to pain
  • Rebound pain
  • Widespread muscle soreness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Joint stiffness
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Non-restorative sleep
  • Insomnia

For many fibromyalgia fog (or brain fog) is probably one of the most stressful symptoms because it affects memory, conversations, and difficulty trying to focus and learn.
For many fibromyalgia fog (or brain fog) is probably one of the most stressful symptoms because it affects memory, conversations, and difficulty trying to focus and learn.
  • Teeth grinding
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional sensitivity
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Nervous energy
  • Increased stress response
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Migraines
  • Headaches
  • Fibro fog or brain fog
  • Difficulty speaking known words and other language impairments
  • Directional disorientation
  • Short-term memory impairment
  • Forgetfulness

  • Confusion
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Difficulty learning new information
  • Difficulty processing or retaining the information you hear
  • Problems with math or understanding numbers
  • Impaired reading comprehension
  • Periodic inability to recognize familiar surroundings
  • Paresthesia or numbness and tingling
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Excessive gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Increased sensitivity to sound

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  • Sensory overload
  • Problems with balance and coordination
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Menstrual pain or changes
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Endometriosis
  • Skin sensitivities
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)
  • Rashes
  • Dry eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Dizziness
  • Vision problems
  • Neurological symptoms

  • Allergies
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritic Conditions
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Disk Disease
  • Cervical Myofascial Pain
  • Cervical Sprain and Strain
  • Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  • Chronic swollen or tender lymph nodes
  • Interstitial Cystitis (IC) or Painful Bladder Syndrome
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ)
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSDS)
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Enthesopathies

Fibromyalgia morning stiffness is exacerbated by pain, fatigue and sleep disturbances, and is among the top complaints of people living with fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia morning stiffness is exacerbated by pain, fatigue and sleep disturbances, and is among the top complaints of people living with fibromyalgia
  • Esophageal Dysmotility
  • Female Urethral Syndrome
  • Functional Bowel Disorder Syndromes
  • Hypermobility Syndrome
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hyperventilation
  • Lumbar Degenerative Disk Disease
  • Lumbar Facet Arthropathy
  • Lupus
  • Lyme Disease
  • Mechanical Low Back Pain
  • Meralgia Paresthetica
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Nondermatomal Paresthesia

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)
  • Post-polio Syndrome
  • Pulmonary symptoms
  • Raynaud Phenomenon or Syndrome
  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
  • Sjögren’s Syndrome
  • Vestibular Disorders
  • Vulvar Vestibulitis or Vulvodynia
  • Increased chance of infections
  • Increased chance of other health conditions
  • Increased chance of other autoimmune diseases

It is not difficult to see why life with fibromyalgia is never easy.

With over 100 potential symptoms, it is impossible for us to list all the different combination of symptoms we may experience at any given time.

The Challenges of Living with Fibromyalgia

Even on our good days, we have to be mindful of not doing too much, and of not doing the wrong things. We have to continually be on guard of protecting both our physical health and our mental health.

Fibromyalgia not only affects our lives but the lives of everyone around us. It is frustrating to see how our health problems negatively influence our family, friends, and coworkers. It is even more discouraging to see some of these relationships end because our precarious health situation is more than they are willing to deal with.

We grow weary of making plans too far in advance, not knowing what we will feel like when the time comes. When we do make plans, we have to calculate how much rest we are going to need before and after the event. And when we go out, we have a bag full of a variety of medicines, supplements, and remedies ready for almost any ailment that may pop up.

There may be some that will never understand what we live with and how physically and mentally draining it is. Unfortunately, this is yet another burden we may have to learn to live with.

Whether others know it or not, getting up day after day and not knowing what lays ahead of us requires bravery and determination. Let us not forget, if we can handle life with fibromyalgia, we can handle anything that comes our way, because we genuinely are warriors.

How to Make Life With a Chronic Illness Easier

Fibromyalgia is an incredibly complex illness with a wide range of symptoms and complications.

Written by Adriel Maldonado

© 2018 NewLifeOutlook

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