Many people with fibro — also called fibromyalgia syndrome or FMS — may have:
- Pain and tender points.
- Sleep problems.
- Concentration and memory problems, known as “fibro fog”
- Anxiety or depression.
- Morning stiffness.
- Numbness, and tingling in hands, arms, feet, and legs.
Can I test myself for fibromyalgia?
No specific test for fibromyalgia
Your doctor can’t detect it in your blood or see it on an X-ray. In the American College of Rheumatology guidelines for diagnosing fibromyalgia, one of the criteria is widespread pain throughout your body for at least three months.
What does a fibromyalgia flare feel like?
Usually, increased pain and worsening fatigue are the hallmarks of a fibromyalgia flare-up. Additional symptoms may also occur during flare-ups these flare-ups, including poor sleep, trouble thinking (cognitive dysfunction), digestive difficulty (such as acid reflux), swollen extremities, and numbness and tingling.
What triggers fibromyalgia?
Life stress or stressful events may trigger a fibromyalgia flare-up. However, the pain associated with fibromyalgia tends to fluctuate and worsen. When symptoms temporarily increase in number or intensity, it is called a flare or flare-up.
Where are the 18 tender points for fibromyalgia?
There are 18 tender points throughout the body, each about the size of a penny. Fibromyalgia tender points are located in clusters around the neck, chest, shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees.