Q: What Other Fibromyalgia Symptoms do you have besides the Pain?
Reminder : I am a patient, not a doctor. What I am sharing comes largely from what my doctors taught me and some of what is discovered in my own research.
The purpose of this series is to inform. I pray you will be informed enough to support friends with this syndrome or possibly acquire informed questions for your doctor. Please talk with your doctor or visit the Mayo Clinic website for official information, diagnosis, and treatment.
There are so many fibromyalgia symptoms and they can come and go. Look for these and others, especially when they come in multiples.
According to Patient Education Booklet from Mayo Clinic ” Fibromyalgia: The Road to Wellness”, symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
- Widespread pain
- Sleep difficulties
- Mood Disorders
- Difficulty with memory, concentration, or thought organization (sometimes called “Fibro Fog“)
- Headaches, facial pain
- Chest wall pain
- Heightened sensitivity to odors, noises, bright lights and touch.
- Numbness or tingling in the arms and legs
One may or may not experience all these symptoms. And some may come and go, even the pain. This makes it difficult to diagnose, along with the fact that there is no blood test or x-ray that can be done to find the problem. When these tests are done, everything comes back normal which is why many doctors are baffled or believe that it is psychosomatic.
Conditions that may accompany fibromyalgia
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Overactive bladder
- Painful menstrual periods
- Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders
- Mood Disorders such as depression or anxiety
- Restless Leg Syndrome
My Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Many of the autoimmune syndromes overlap and all fall under the umbrella of Central Sensitivity Syndrome (CSS) which is my actual diagnosis. (see diagram below)
My experience began with widespread pain that migrated to different parts of my body. It was difficult to sleep because the pain would wake me. Still, I am unable to remain in one position for very long. I, also, experience myofascial pain, sensitivity to odors, noises, tastes, and touch.
When I look back on my life, I also see that I have experienced migraines, chest wall pain, and dizziness with no explanation for many years as far back as the 6th grade. Back then, we were told that I was having “growing pains“.
The Fibro-Fog causes me to not be able to concentrate. I become distracted by the pain and not able to think straight. One consistent problem that I have is the misuse of homonyms. It’s a pet peeve of mine, but now I must check and double check to be sure I have used the
write right words!
Feeling Your Pain,
Fibromyalgia National Coalition – Background information
Mayo Clinic – Misconceptions about Fibromyalgia
Semantic Scholar – Find peer-reviewed research from the world’s most trusted sources
Writer/Speaker sharing about how to make it through anything. I married a pastor with two boys who just lost their mom, I homeschooled my own children, led children’s ministries and women’s ministries in the church, and founded and led a homeschool support group. Had to give up much of this due to chronic pain. Like the Insurance, I know a lot because I’ve seen a lot.