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Symptoms

PAIN 
Pain knows no boundaries. Although fibromyalgia may leave you feeling achy over your whole body, you're most likely to feel sharper pain where muscles attach to joints or in muscle areas called trigger points; places that may be especially painful include the elbow, forearm, hip, knee, shoulder, neck, jaw, and back. Fatigue and difficulty sleeping are other common symptoms.


FATIGUE 
Patients report trouble falling asleep and, more importantly, staying asleep.  Repeated arousals prevent them from reaching deep, restorative sleep.  As a result, the night is spent in “quasi-sleep” and they often wake up in the morning feeling unrefreshed and exhausted.  Some studies have shown that fibromyalgia patients have abnormal alpha NonREM sleep stages, the periods during which the most restful sleep is attained.


A host of other physical symptoms experienced by fibromyalgia people include:
• Headache
• Dizziness
• Dry eyes and mouth
• Light sensitivity
• Sensitivity to heat and cold
• Morning stiffness
• Chest pain
• Sore throat
• Swollen glands
• Blurred vision
• Intolerance to alcohol
• Muscle weakness
• Vulvodynia
• Painful menstruation
• Decreased interest in sex
• Thyroid disease
• Immune system dysfunction
• Weight gain
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• bladder problems
• nausea
• digestive problems

and others...


These can be accompanied by a number of neurological symptoms, including:
• Poor concentration
• Difficulty in understanding speech
• Difficulty in speaking
• Reading dysfunction
• Memory problems
• Bumping into things
• Dropping things
• Diminished comprehension
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Panic attacks