There are many symptoms of fibromyalgia and they tend to vary from person to person. The symptoms can also come and go over time, although it is unlikely they will ever disappear altogether.
Symptoms may sometimes get better or worse, depending on factors such as changes in the weather, stress or physical activity.
Widespread pain is one of your main symptoms of fibromyalgia. This may be felt throughout your body, but could be worse in particular areas, such as your back or neck. If you suffer from pain in your neck and shoulders then you may also experience headaches.
The pain is likely to be continuous, but isn’t always as bad. Some say it feels like an ache, or a burning sensation, or a sharp stabbing pain.
It can cause you to become extremely sensitive to pain all over your body, and you may find that even the slightest touch is very painful.
You may find you are very sensitive to other things as well, such as smoke, certain foods and bright lights. Being exposed to something you are sensitive to can cause your other fibromyalgia symptoms to flare up.
It can make you feel stiff. The stiffness may be most severe when you have been in the same position for a long period of time, such as when you first wake up in the morning. Muscle spasm can also occur in Fibromyalgia.
Chronic fatigue in Fibromyalgia can range from a mild, tired feeling to the exhaustion often experienced during a flu-like illness. Sometimes, severe fatigue may come on very suddenly and can drain you of all your energy. If this occurs, you may feel too tired to do anything at all.
Fibromyalgia can affect your sleep. You may find you often wake up tired even when you have had plenty of sleep. Lack of proper sleep can cause some cognitive problems which they call fibro-fog. This can mean you have trouble remembering or learning new things, problems with your concentration and slowed or confused speech.
Unfortunately IBS is also quite common in people who have Fibromyalgia and some other symptoms are feeling too hot or cold, restless legs, tingling, numbness, or burning in your hands and feet, anxiety and depression.
It is no wonder that with so many symptoms Fibromyalgia can be difficult to diagnose which makes it even more important to keep a diary of your symptoms. I can’t stress how relieved I was that the diary I kept of my symptoms was how they found out I had the disease.