Fibromyalgia Symptom
Updated October 11, 2004






Fibromyalgia Symptom
by Brian Benjamin Carter, MS, LAc

Brian is the founder of the Pulse of Oriental Medicine. He teaches at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and maintains a private practice in San Diego, California, and is the author of Powerful Body, Peaceful Mind: How to Heal Yourself with Foods, Herbs, and Acupressure.

Before we get started talking about fibromyalgia symptoms, you should know we also have these related pages on the website:

So, How Do You Know if You Have a Fibromyalgia Symptom?

Here are the basic fibromyalgia symptoms:

  • Pain in your muscles (fibromyalgia means literally 'fibrous muscle pain') and bones all over your body
  • Pain on both the left and right side, and above and below the waist
  • Pain in your spine, chest, and low back
  • Pain that's worse in the morning and at the end of the day
  • Symptoms that last longer than 3 months

But the most important fibromyalgia symptom, or diagnostic criteria, is one that many people don't know about- it's that you have to have 11 of 18 specific tender points. Go here for a specific description of the locations of the fibromyalgia tender points. Here's a picture of them:

Tender Points: The Key Fibromyalgia Symptom

There are a bunch of other conditions and symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. Here are the most common fibromyalgia symptoms besides pain:

  • Severe fatigue (in 81% of fibromyalgia sufferers)
  • Morning stiffness for more than 15 minutes (77%)
  • Sleep disorders (75%)
  • Strange numbness or tingling (63%)
  • Recurring headaches (53%)
  • Anxiety (48%)
  • Dry mouth (36%)

You may have another fibromyalgia symptom- for more, go here.

And don't forget about the other fibromyalgia articles listed at the top of this article!

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