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Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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Condition InDepth

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Symptoms can be mild to severe. They also are not the same in each person.

Common problems are:

  • Pain, including:
    • Raised sensitivity to pain
    • Pain from things that do not cause pain in most people
    • Tender (trigger) points of pain in the body
    • Stiff muscles
  • Sleep problems, such as being very tired in the morning after sleeping
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Problems with thinking, such as lack of focus, being forgetful, and slow thinking
  • Sensitivity to things in the environment, such as lights, odors, and cold


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  • Fibromyalgia. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/fibromyalgia.
  • Macfarlane GJ, Kronisch C, et al. EULAR revised recommendations for the management of fibromyalgia. Ann Rheum Dis. 2017 Feb;76(2):318-328.


  • James P. Cornell, MD
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