The main symptom of fibromyalgia is pain and tenderness in muscles and joints throughout your body. The pain can shift from place to place, but to meet the criteria for a diagnosis, you’ll need to have experienced pain for at least three months. The pain must be in a specific number of body parts and be above a specific severity score. And, you must not have another condition (like arthritis) that could explain the pain.

Fibromyalgia also causes a number of other symptoms, such as:

  • fatigue
  • lack of energy
  • trouble sleeping
  • depression or anxiety
  • memory problems and trouble concentrating (sometimes called “fibro fog”)
  • headaches
  • muscle twitches or cramps
  • numbness or tingling in the hands and feet
  • itching, burning, and other skin problems

The pain from fibromyalgia can be intense and constant. It can be severe enough to keep you home from work and other activities. In a National Health Interview Survey, 87 percentTrusted Source of participants reported having pain on most days or every day of their lives. Fibromyalgia can also cause intense emotional symptoms. Over 43 percentTrusted Source of people in the National Health Interview Survey had anxiety and depression that were severe enough to need medication. Of all the fibromyalgia symptoms, fatigue can have one of the biggest impacts on your life. Constant fatigue affects more than 90 percent of people with the condition. Fibromyalgia fatigue isn’t ordinary tiredness. It’s a bone-weary exhaustion that drains your body of energy and turns every activity into a chore. Between 40 and 70 percent of people with fibromyalgia also have uncomfortable symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, such as:

  • diarrhea and/or constipation
  • belly pain
  • bloating
  • gas
  • nausea

And up to 70 percent have regular tension or migraine headaches, which are often severe. Headaches may stem from painful head, neck, or shoulder muscles.

These treatments can help relieve pain and other symptoms of fibromyalgia:


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