Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

The signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

  • Severe and often debilitating pain.
  • Pain spreads to both sides of the body but most often occurs in the buttocks, neck, shoulders, chest, upper back and arms.
  • Pain can be sharp and shooting or dull and throbbing.
  • Development of ‘tender points’ in the body that are localized and sensitive to even the lightest of touches. These can be found around the elbows, shoulders, back of the head, hips, and knees
  • Tenderness in tendons, joints and muscles in the body.
  • Pain can either lessen or increase as the day progresses. Some patients suffer from pain only in the day while others report symptoms worsen at night.
  • Increased sensitivity to sensory stimuli.
  • Changes in weather, noise levels and stress aggravate pain.
  • Fatigue.
  • Disturbed sleep patterns / lack of deep non-REM sleep.
  • May suffer from other sleep disorders such as sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome.
  • Waking up at night feeling tired or with sore feeling muscles.
  • Mental or emotional problems such as mood swings, irritability, anxiety, and depression.
  • Migraine headaches.
  • Tension headaches.
  • Tingling or numbness in the body.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
  • Stomach pain.
  • Irritable bladder.
  • Patients who suffer from fibromyalgia tend to get up in the morning with body aches all over.
  • Lack of concentration.
  • Memory loss.
  • Heart palpitation.
  • Inability to exercise.

Frequently asked questions
  1. Jessica Lucia Neves Bastos, Elisa Dória Pires, Marcelo Lourenço Silva, Fernanda Lopes Buiatti de Araújo, Josie Resende Torres Silva, Effect of Acupuncture at Tender Points for the Management of Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Case Series, Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, Available online 24 February 2013, ISSN 2005-2901, 10.1016/j.jams.2013.02.001.
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