72 Symptoms of Fibromyalgia (Hard to Believe). What are yours?

You’ve probably read about fibromyalgia symptoms such as pain, fatigue and fibro fog, but the list of possible symptoms is far-reaching and body-wide. Those tiny lists don’t even begin to describe our experience! I put together this “monster list” of 60+ symptoms to let you know that you’renotalone! The list is adapted from one put together by fibromyalgia author Devin Starlanyl along with other research.Knowing the full range of symptoms can help you track them, either to help your doctor reach a diagnosis or to help you identify triggers. It also helps to know you’re not the only person experiencing these!Some of the following are noted as overlapping conditions, which means they commonly occur with fibromyalgia but actually are conditions that need to be diagnosed and treated separately. There is also a brief compilation with title 200+ Symptoms of Fibromyalgia (Hard to Believe). What are Yours?

We can have any combination of the following symptoms, and to varying degrees of severity.

General Symptoms

Muscle & Tissue Symptoms

  • Pain that ranges from mild to severe, and may move around the body (See The 7 Types of Fibromyalgia Pain)
  • Morning stiffness
  • Muscle twitches
  • Diffuse swelling
  • Fibrocystic (lumpy, tender) breasts (as an overlapping condition)

Sinus & Allergy Symptoms

  • Allergies
  • Post nasal drip
  • Runny nose
  • Mold & yeast sensitivity
  • Shortness of breath
  • Earaches & itchy ears
  • Ringing ears (tinitis)
  • Thick secretions

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Sleep-Related Symptoms

  • Light and/or broken sleep pattern with unrefreshing sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep starts (falling sensations)
  • Twitchy muscles at night
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)

Reproductive Symptoms

  • Menstrual problems
  • PMS (as an overlapping condition)
  • Loss of libido
  • Impotence

Abdominal & Digestive Symptoms

Cognitive/Neurological Symptoms

  • Difficulty speaking known words, other language impairments (dysphasia)
  • Directional disorientation
  • Poor balance and coordination
  • Paresthesias in the upper limbs (tingling or burning sensations)
  • Loss of ability to distinguish some shades of colors
  • Short-term memory impairment
  • Confusion
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Staring into space before brain “kicks in”
  • Inability to recognize familiar surroundings
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Sensory Symptoms

  • Sensitivity to odors
  • Sensitivity to pressure changes, temperature & humidity
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Night driving difficulty
  • Sensory overload

Emotional Symptoms

Heart-Related Symptoms

  • Mitral valve prolapse (as an overlapping condition)
  • Irregular heartbeat (arrythmia, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (as an overlapping condition)
  • Pain that mimics heart attack, frequently from costochondritis (as an overlapping condition)

Skin, Hair & Nail Symptoms

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4 Responses

  1. Valarie says:

    That about sums it up.

  2. Diana says:

    Its crazy its almost like some invisible force has been around me and written down exactly what I am like

  3. Ms. Jimmie Lynn Dorsey says:

    Yes I pretty much have it all

  4. Debbie says:

    In the country where I live, medical health insurance does not pay for this as no blood test for diagnosis. It is paid for in other countries. The HOW DO THEY GET AWAY THIS??!!

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