Chronic musculoskeletal pain is the cornerstone symptom of fibromyalgia. However, patients also commonly suffer from:
● Allodynia, or intensified sensations of pain.
● Concentration and memory difficulties, as well as problems staying focused and productive.
● Sleep issues, such as waking up feeling unrefreshed and tired.
● Severe chronic fatigue, both as a result of pain and poor sleep quality.
● Neurological symptoms like numbness, tingling, and burning.
● Skin conditions such as itching, irritation, and rashes.
● Sensitivity to touch or pressure, light, and sound.
● Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
● Headaches and migraines.
● Temperature sensitivity.
For many fibromyalgia patients, these symptoms can “come and go.” Some patients describe suffering from “flare-ups” or periods in which their symptoms seem to increase both in number and intensity.
These flare-ups can happen sporadically and last for multiple days or even weeks. Some sources suggest that fibromyalgia patients are more likely to suffer from flare ups when they are stressed.