Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Widespread pain and fatigue are common symptoms

Written by Edward J. Kowlowitz, MD

Widespread chronic pain is the most common symptom of fibromyalgia. However, patients typically experience multiple symptoms. Below are the most common:

In addition to pain and exhaustion, many fibromyalgia sufferers report having:

Pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and depression are the most common fibromyalgia symptoms. But you may also experience:

Many conditions overlap with fibromyalgia, though researchers have yet to determine the precise correlation. These common "co-existing" conditions include:

It's important to remember that fibromyalgia is a misunderstood condition, and it is often incorrectly diagnosed as a similar disorder (such as rheumatoid arthritis). To ensure that you are correctly diagnosed, pay close attention to all your symptoms—no matter how subtle. You may find it helpful to keep a diary to record day-to-day pain severity. You'll then be better able to accurately talk about your fibromyalgia symptoms with your doctor.

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