One of the common symptoms of fibromyalgia is pain. In many cases, the pain is widespread, meaning it can affect both the right and left side of the body, as well as above and below the waist. This pain may range from minor muscle stiffness to extreme pain that leaves a person unable to carry out simple activities.
Many things seem to affect the pain of fibromyalgia, including:
- Time of day
- The weather (cold and humid weather seem to make symptoms worse)
- Activity level (however, most people with fibromyalgia say that at least some pain is always present).
A person with fibromyalgia will also have tender points, which are specific places on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs that hurt when pressure is put on them.
(To learn more about the types of pain that can occur in someone with the condition, click Fibromyalgia Symptoms. This article also offers details on fatigue, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, and other possible symptoms.)