Fibromyalgia is a tricky thing to diagnose. For starters, it’s not a disease, it’s a syndrome, which means it’s made up of a collection of symptoms that occur together. These symptoms are what make fibromyalgia so hard to pinpoint, as they’re often things you may feel in your daily life. How many times have you felt overly tired, anxious, or suffered from headaches? Most of the time these issues can be attributed to nothing more than a lack of sleep, stress or bad eating habits, but there may be more going on.
To help you navigate this confusing syndrome, it helps to understand the major symptoms. Here’s what we know.
Pain throughout your body is the main symptom of fibromyalgia. It’s described as a constant dull ache. You may feel something like it after a hard workout, but for this dull ache to be taken seriously, most doctors will ask if it has lasted for at least three months. To be truly considered widespread pain, the pain must occur on both sides of your body and above and below your waist.