The most common symptoms of fibromyalgia are pain throughout the body (often in the arms, legs, head, chest, abdomen, back, and buttocks), fatigue, and sleep issues. Pain usually affects the muscles, as well as the ligaments and tendons that connect muscles to bones. Some people describe their pain as a constant, dull ache, but for others it can feel like burning or throbbing.
People with fibromyalgia may also have muscle and joint stiffness, tenderness to touch, headaches, and sensitivity to light, sound, and smells. In some cases, pain and heightened sensitivity may be accompanied by problems with thinking clearly, concentration, and memory (often known as “fibro fog”).
Other symptoms include tingling or numbness in the hands and feet, facial or jaw pain (including temporomandibular joint syndrome, or TMJ), depression, anxiety, and digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Fibromyalgia can cause disability, a lower quality of life, and an increased risk of hospitalization, depression, and other types of arthritis and rheumatic conditions.