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Chronic, widespread pain is the hallmark symptom of fibromyalgia, but there are other symptoms in combination that constitutes the diagnosis. Watch family medicine specialist Jennifer Caudle, DO, discuss the other main symptoms to be aware of.
Fibromyalgia is more than "just pain." For some people with fibromyalgia, other symptoms are just as, or more, disabling. For example:
- Poor sleep affects four in five people with fibromyalgia, with poor sleep also linked to the increase of pain.
- Half of those with fibromyalgia experience fibro fog, a term used for memory problems and confusion. These symptoms have been linked to more severe fibromyalgia pain, fatigue, and stiffness.
- Two in three people with fibromyalgia experience problems with depression or anxiety.
- Two in five people with fibromyalgia have problems with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or bloating.
- Urinary problems, bladder and genital pain, and sexual dysfunction may also occur in fibromyalgia.
- Pain, poor sleep, fatigue, and fibro fog are the most important symptoms people with fibromyalgia want to have treated.
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