by EBSCO Medical Review Board

Symptoms can be mild to severe. They also are not the same in each person.

Common problems are:

  • Pain, including:
    • Raised sensitivity to pain
    • Pain from things that do not cause pain in most people
    • Tender (trigger) points of pain in the body
    • Stiff muscles
  • Sleep problems, such as being very tired in the morning after sleeping
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Problems with thinking, such as lack of focus, being forgetful, and slow thinking
  • Sensitivity to things in the environment, such as lights, odors, and cold


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Fibromyalgia. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: . Accessed August 11, 2020.

Fibromyalgia. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: Accessed August 11, 2020.

Macfarlane GJ, Kronisch C, et al. EULAR revised recommendations for the management of fibromyalgia. Ann Rheum Dis. 2017 Feb;76(2):318-328.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board James P. Cornell, MD
  • Review Date: 03/2020
  • Update Date: 03/05/2021