Is light and sound sensitivity common with fibromyalgia?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Sensitivity to lights and sounds is very common with fibromyalgia. Bright lights and loud noises can lead directly to pain. They also trigger headaches, a common symptom of fibromyalgia. Other sensory triggers can affect people with fibromyalgia. These can include sensitivity to odors, foods or medicines, even changes in the weather. Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider if you experience any sensory problems related to your fibromyalgia. There are treatment options that can help you.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)
Sensitivity to light and sound is common with fibromyalgia. If you suffer from fibromyalgia, you may find yourself asking family, friends, and co-workers to turn down the volume or you may find brightly lit malls intolerable. Some researchers believe that the same kind of nerve sensitivity that causes widespread muscle pain in people with fibromyalgia may also lead to increased sensitivity to light and sound. Some medications that help relieve pain symptoms by toning down the nervous system may also help reduce sensitivity to bright lights and loud sounds.

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