Fibromyalgia syndrome affects the muscles and soft tissue. Symptoms include chronic muscle pain, fatigue, sleep problems, and painful tender points or trigger points, which can be relieved through medications, lifestyle changes, and stress management.
Because the classic symptoms of fibromyalgia — widespread muscle and joint pain and fatigue — aren’t very distinctive, the condition is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. You may not have all of the symptoms, and you may have other medical problems, too.
Since there are no lab or imaging tests for it, when you go to get a diagnosis, your doctor will ask about your symptoms to decide if you have fibromyalgia.
Common Symptoms and Related Conditions
Many people with fibro — also called fibromyalgia syndrome or FMS — may have:
1. Pain and tender points
3. Sleep problems
4. Concentration and memory problems, known as “fibro fog”
5. Anxiety or depression
6. Morning stiffness
7. Numbness, and tingling in hands, arms, feet, and legs
9. Irritable bowel syndrome
10. Problems with peeing
Almost all people with fibromyalgia ache all over. It can feel similar to osteoarthritis, bursitis, and tendinitis, but it’s over your entire body. This is usually what makes you go see your doctor.