Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Ask the Expert

Q:

What are the common symptoms of fibromyalgia?


A:

Fibromyalgia is defined by the American College of Rheumatology as chronic (three months or more) widespread pain and pain on palpation of 11 of 18 tender points. Common associated symptoms include sleep problems, fatigue, cognitive impairment and mood disturbances. In addition to the pain, sleep problems and fatigue are common in people with fibromyalgia. Other symptoms may include: cognitive disorders, most often short-term memory lapses and difficulty concentrating; unusual sensitivity to cold, especially in the hands and feet, often accompanied by color changes, numbness and tingling; urinary complaints; painful menstrual periods; heightened sensitivity to noises, bright lights, odors and touch; painful sexual intercourse; stiffness; light-headedness and/or balance problems; abdominal discomfort; and numbness or tingling, often in the hands or feet

If you experience these symptoms, talk to your health care provider.

ADVERTISEMENT

After My Hysterectomy, I’m Living My Best Life

After living with the pain of fibroids for 17 years, treating them was the best gift I could give myself.

Real Women, Real Stories

Nurses and Doctors Sick With COVID Feel Pressured to Get Back to Work

Hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities have flouted that simple guidance, pressuring workers who contract COVID-19 to return to work sooner than public health standards suggest.

Your Care

The Back Surgery Innovation That Gave Me My Life Back

I was stunned and scared when my doctors told me I had suffered a vertebral compression fracture, but this procedure healed me.

Created With Support