Signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia can vary, depending on the weather, stress, physical activity
or even the time of day. Common signs and symptoms include:
characterized by pain in specific areas of your body when pressure is applied, including the back
of your head, upper back and neck, upper chest, elbows, hips and knees. The pain generally persists
for months at a time and is often accompanied by stiffness.
Fatigue and Sleep
People with fibromyalgia often wake up tired and unrefreshed even
though they seem to get plenty of sleep. Some studies suggest that this sleep problem is the result
of a sleep disorder called alpha wave interrupted sleep pattern, a condition in which deep sleep is
frequently interrupted by bursts of brain activity similar to wakefulness. So people with
fibromyalgia miss the deep restorative stage of sleep. Nighttime muscle spasms in your legs and
restless legs syndrome also may be associated with fibromyalgia.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating associated with IBS are common in people with
Headaches and Facial Pain
people who have fibromyalgia also have headaches and facial pain that may be related to tenderness
or stiffness in their neck and shoulders. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, which affects
the jaw joints and surrounding muscles, also is common in people with fibromyalgia.
for people with fibromyalgia to report being sensitive to odors, noises, bright lights and