In America, between three and six million people, or one in every fifty, suffer from Fibromyalgia, a syndrome characterized by debilitating pain experienced all over the body with no obvious cause. Though often people do improve over time, it is often something that they will have to deal with for their entire lives.

If you have chronic muscle pain however, it does not necessarily mean that you have fibromyalgia. If you’re worried that you could have fibromyalgia, it’s important to keep in mind that there are many other symptoms that accompany muscle pain.

Take a look at the signs and symptoms below to get a better understanding:

1. Abdominal cramps, nausea, pelvic pain and bloating

2. Frequent urination

3. IBS

4. Swelling

5. Muscle Twitching

6. Morning stiffness

7. Mild to severe pain in certain body parts

8. Irregular Heartbeat

9. Pain that is very similar to the one during a heart attack

10. Valve issues

11. Sinus and Allergy issues:

12. Thick Mucus

13. Ringing ears

14. Earaches and itchy ears

15. Shortness of breath

16. Post nasal drip and runny nose

17. Sensitivity to yeasts and molds

18. Tingling or burning in the upper limbs

19. Poor balance and coordination

20. Difficulty pronouncing familiar words and language impairments

21. Concentration issues, zoning out, short-term memory, and unable to differentiate color shades

22. Impotence

23. PMS or other menstrual problems

24. Loss of libido

25. Anxiety, panic attacks and depression

26. Irritability with no reason and mood swings

27. Grinding teeth

28. Muscle twitching during your sleep

29. Feel like falling down during your sleep

30. Feeling lethargic and tired every morning, and having difficulty sleeping

31. Sensitive to noise, light, smells, climate, pressure changes, and temperature

32. Difficulty with seeing in low lighting and driving at night

34. Curved nails or ovelry-ridged nails

35. Hair loss

36. Skin that appears mottled, scars easy or bruises

37. Vision Changes

38. Migraines and Headaches

39. The sweats

40. Unexplained gaining or losing weight

But be aware that all of these symptoms are not specific, therefore they can be caused from other health issues as well, so don’t panic if you experience some of them. This condition is also very hard to diagnose, because it can be easily mistaken with some other issues.

For diagnosing fibromyalgia and ruling out every other condition, experts are using a set of diagnose tests, like the following:

Rheumatoid Factor

Anti-cellular Antibody (ANA)

Complete Blood Count


Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)

Thyroid tests