Are the symptoms of fibromyalgia the same for everyone?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome that can affect people differently, so it's possible that one person's fibromyalgia symptoms would be different from another person's. That said, the symptoms used to diagnose fibromyalgia are pain in multiple areas of the body that has lasted for three months or more. Doctors also look at how much people are bothered by related symptoms, including fatigue, poor sleep and inability to think clearly.
Other common signs of fibromyalgia include migraine headaches and symptoms that overlap with other conditions, such as irritable bowel or bladder, restless legs syndrome, depression, anxiety, dizziness and loss of coordination.
The symptoms of fibromyalgia can vary from one person to another. The hallmark symptom of fibromyalgia is chronic, body-wide pain. Many other symptoms are associated with fibromyalgia, and no two patients have precisely the same combination. Other common symptoms include:
  • fatigue
  • insomnia
  • poor concentration and attention span
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • sensitivity to bright lights, loud noises, and temperature changes
  • restless leg syndrome

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