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The most common fibromyalgia symptoms are pain, fatigue, and tender points on the body. The pain experienced by people with fibromyalgia is generally widespread -- it can affect both the right and left sides of the body, as well as above and below the waist. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia may include headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, and leg cramps.

An Overview of Signs and Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

In people with fibromyalgia, symptoms that are most often present include widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points. Tender points are specific places on the body that hurt when even the slightest pressure is put on them. These points can be found on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, and upper and lower legs.
Although fibromyalgia is often considered an arthritis-related condition, it is not truly a form of arthritis (a disease of the joints). This is because it does not cause inflammation or damage to the joints, muscles, or other tissues. Like arthritis, however, fibromyalgia can cause significant pain and fatigue, and it can interfere with a person's ability to carry out daily activities.

Common Fibromyalgia Symptoms: Pain, Fatigue, and Tender Points


For people with fibromyalgia, pain is generally widespread, meaning it can affect both the right and left side of the body, as well as above and below the waist. It may start in one particular area, then spread over time. Many things seem to affect the pain, such as the time of day, the weather (cold and humid weather seem to make symptoms worse), sleep, stress, and activity level. However, most people with fibromyalgia say that at least some pain is always present. This pain may range from mild muscle stiffness to extreme pain so severe that a person is unable to carry out simple activities.
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