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Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia: Introduction

People who have fibromyalgia can experience a wide variety of symptoms, and the types and severity of symptoms can vary between individuals. However, fibromyalgia is marked by widespread pain, tenderness and stiffness in the muscles and fibrous tissues throughout the body for at least three months and tenderness and pain in at least 11 of 18 specific tender points of the body. Tender points in the body are paired areas that are located in the neck, upper chest, elbows, knees, upper back, lower back/buttocks, and hips.

The pain of fibromyalgia is described in a number of ways, including stabbing, throbbing, and aching, which is often worse in the morning, There may also be numbness and burning.

People with fibromyalgia may also experience insomnia and other sleep disorders and severe fatigue. Other symptoms may include anxiety, depression, headaches, and problems with digestion, memory, concentration, and coordination. It is not unusual for a person with fibromyalgia to a coexisting digestive condition called irritable bowel syndrome.

In some cases, untreated or poorly treated fibromyalgia can be so severe that it can be disabling, leading to serious disruption of work, school, relationships, and social activities....more about Fibromyalgia »

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Fibromyalgia includes the 10 symptoms listed below:

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Fibromyalgia: Symptom Checkers

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Fibromyalgia: Symptom Assessment Questionnaires

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Fibromyalgia: Complications

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Diagnostic Testing

Diagnostic testing of medical conditions related to Fibromyalgia:

  • American College of Rheumatology (ACR) list of tender point sites
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Fibromyalgia: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Home Diagnostic Testing

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia?

The list of other diseases or medical conditions that may be on the differential diagnosis list of alternative diagnoses for Fibromyalgia includes:

Fibromyalgia: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Other Possible Causes of these Symptoms

Click on any of the symptoms below to see a full list of other causes including diseases, medical conditions, toxins, drug interactions, or drug side effect causes of that symptom.

Article Excerpts About Symptoms of Fibromyalgia:

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points. "Tender points" refers to tenderness that occurs in precise, localized areas, particularly in the neck, spine, shoulders, and hips. People with fibromyalgia may also experience sleep disturbances, morning stiffness, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, and other symptoms. (Source: excerpt from Fibromyalgia: NWHIC)

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Fibromyalgia. This signs and symptoms information for Fibromyalgia has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Fibromyalgia signs or Fibromyalgia symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Fibromyalgia may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Fibromyalgia symptoms.


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