Symptoms vary from person to person and they may differ from person to person. There is three classification of severity in FM and they are:


Mild- little or no interference with a sufferers daily life.


Moderate - it will interfere with parts of a sufferers daily life.


Severe - it interferes with all of a sufferers daily life, often only being able to work part-time or have to give up completely and they do not have much, if any social life.


There are many symptoms for Fibromyalgia. There are also some overlapping illness which will be covered in the symptoms list. Here are some of the main symptoms:


  • 18 tender points - of which you have to have 11 to be diagnosed by a Rheumatologist (GP Referral). This is becoming a more uncommon practise, as more research is being done into the causes, diagnostic and treatment of FM.
  • Widespread pain - which is migratory, ranges from mild to severe and in all four quadrants of the body.
  • Problems with - concentrating, word mix up, confusion, short-term memory, memory recall, simple calculations, easily distracted, losing train of thought mid-sentence and difficulty in following a conversation with background noise.
  • Sore throat, dry mouth or eyes, photophobia (sensitivity to light), noise intolerance and intolerance to chemicals, food, alcohol and medications.
  • tiredness (fatigue)
  • sweating and night sweats
  • feeling hot with sweating, or cold with shivering
  • unable to regulate body temperature
  • difficulty sleeping
  • non-refreshing sleep
  • waking up during the night
  • jerking awake
  • trouble falling asleep
  • waking up very early
  • poor balance and coordination
  • brainfog (fibro-fog)
  • muscle spasms
  • stiffness upon waking
  • swallowing difficulties
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • gastro-oesophageal reflux
  • restless legs syndrome
  • dizziness
  • tingling
  • tinnitus
  • tremors
  • headaches, sometimes migraine headaches
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • runny or blocked nose
  • sneezing
  • flatulence
  • coughing
  • anxiety and irritability
  • depression
  • low mood


As you research and talk to other sufferers you will more than likely add more to the list above. This is not a comprehensive list.


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