Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

The main symptom of fibromyalgia is widespread pain throughout the body. Other symptoms of the condition include but not limited to are:

  • Increased sensitivity to pain
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Problems with mental processes (known as 'fibro-fog') – such as problems with memory and concentration
  • Headaches
  • Irritable bowel syndrome, which can cause stomach pain and bloating
  • Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
  • Restless legs syndrome

If you have fibromyalgia, you will most likely feel pain in all four limbs, your spine, and chest wall (Costochondritis)


Other common symptoms are poor sleep, fatigue, swelling in the soft tissue (especially the hands), numbness in the extremities, headaches, restless leg syndrome, and irritable bowel symptoms. Joints may be tender to the touch, and pain may limit range of motion.


People report that their symptoms change over time and fluctuate during different periods. Some symptoms may come and go, or come on for a period of time and then get better before another symptom occurs. It is important to learn what triggers fibromyalgia symptoms for you.