What are common fibromyalgia symptoms? Fibromyalgia causes severe pain in the body. More specifically, some common symptoms experienced by people with fibromyalgia include:

Tender points pressure points on their body;
Insomnia or difficulty sleeping;
Morning stiffness;
Headaches;
Numbness or tingling in the hands and feet;
Menstrual irregularities and/or pain; and
Difficulty concentrating/brain fog.

There is no lab test or definitive way to diagnose fibromyalgia. Rather, a fibromyalgia diagnosis is typically a diagnosis of exclusion – patients are generally diagnosed by testing first for other diseases that have similar symptoms and excluding those. These often include rheumatoid arthritis, major depressive disorder, multiple sclerosis, and other painful autoimmune diseases. If tests for these other conditions come back negative, it is often assumed that what remains must be fibromyalgia.

But while many patients get the diagnosis of fibromyalgia after reporting chronic pain symptoms, it’s sadly often a misdiagnosis. This is because fibromyalgia is often misunderstood. It is often treated with anti-inflammatory medications or supplements but they aren’t effective, because fibromyalgia is actually a disease that starts in the central nervous system. This leaves many fibromyalgia patients with persistent pain despite efforts to mitigate the pain with medicinal anti-inflammatories. It also leaves people who have other inflammatory conditions with a misdiagnosis and more confusion than answers.

Fibromyalgia affects four to five percent of the 30–60-year-old population. It is largely a disease that affects females, as 85–95 percent of those diagnosed are female.

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