fibromyalgia symptoms list

Fibromyalgia symptoms list

fibromyalgia symptoms list

All fibromyalgics will be recognized in the description of the symptoms, they are numerous. It’s about a hundred. We group them here in alphabetical order.

Tinnitus, whistling or tinnitus

Tinnitus is an auditory dysfunction. A person suffering from it hears sounds in the absence of outside noises: whistling, buzzing, clicking, etc. These sounds are produced by the neurological system and can be seen in different parts of the head: in one ear or in both, inside, in front or behind the head. Tinnitus can be occasional, intermittent or continuous.


Several reactions that can manifest themselves in different regions of the body:

– on the skin,eyes, in the digestive system or in the respiratory tract.

– The symptoms and their intensity will vary depending on where the allergy occurs, and depending on several other factors, specific to each person. They can be very discreet, like a slight hay fever, or potentially lethal, such as anaphylaxis

Tonsillitis and laryngitis


Acute (sudden onset and short-term) or chronic inflammation (spreading

a long time), most often of infectious origin, palatine tonsils (near the palate of the mouth) or lingual (close to the tongue). Tonsillitis is particularly common in children under 10 years, and rarer in the teenager or the adult.


Their cause: viruses most often, bacteria sometimes. The stage of the larynx reaches: sus or subglottic; The mechanism: stridulous laryngitis (spasmodic) with a sudden onset but quickly resolving opposes oedematous laryngitis with a progressive onset but sometimes severe evolution.


Emotional disturbance manifested by a feeling of insecurity, a feeling of apprehension, tension, malaise, terror in the face of an indeterminate danger often expressed by the patient under the terms of nervousness or worries.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a respiratory disease little known to the general public,

still too often underdiagnosed, but still a large and growing number of our contemporaries with serious health consequences.

Temporomandibular joint

TMJ is the most complex joint of the body. Each person has two, located on each side of the face, immediately in front of the ears, where the temporal bone of the skull is connected to the lower jaw (mandible). ATMs open and close like a hinge, and slide forward, backward and side to side. During chewing, they are under enormous pressure. It can crackle, sub-luxate, dislocate.

Asthenia and chronic fatigue

Fatigue is also called asthenia and becomes a frequent reason for consultation and can reveal many diseases. Pathological or abnormal fatigue is fatigue that occurs more quickly and persists chronically. It can be related to psychic or physical factors.


Loss in the low frequencies or decrease of auditory acuity are often found

in fibromyalgia. Decrease in physical performance: Feeling that you can not do all you can do, be overworked, and not be able to do more, the need for permanent rest. Decreased intellectual performance. The vivacity of mind is diminished, intellectual inefficiency.

Decrease in physical performance

Sensation of not being able to do everything we did recently, to be overworked, and not to be able to do more, the need for permanent rest.

Decreased intellectual performance

Alertness is diminished, intellectual inefficiency

Decreased sexual performance and especially libido

The deep muscle pain and the dread of fibromyalgia can prevent one from enjoying sex. Some medications, such as SSRI antidepressants, used in the treatment of fibromyalgia can cause a decrease in libido.


Fibromyalgia can not be found in the usual microscopic tissue examinations


It is often dry as in Sj√∂rgen’s syndrome. It is difficult to

open it wide on the same axis. Diversion or closure is common.

Hot flashes (sweats)

Ear buzz (see tinnitus)


The patients talk about fog, the feeling they have of the entourage, an impression to live in the cotton


Teeth that creak while rubbing against each other without any rest.

Carpal tunnel

The signs are similar to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Blood circulation

She seems disturbed. Patients describe an exaggerated sensitivity to cold.

Dental collars

Sensitive dental collars and frag

How is fibromyalgia treated?

Recommendations on the management of fibromyalgia

The management of fibromyalgia is the subject of European recommendations, established by a panel of experts (EULAR). They were updated in June 2016.

For these recommendations, the treatment evaluation focused on:

decrease of pain syndrome,

the decrease in chronic fatigue felt,

the improvement of sleep,

the reduction of the handicap induced by fibromyalgia on the daily life.

The treatment must be adapted to each patient according to his symptoms. Non-medical treatments are preferred, especially physical exercise that has a strong recommendation. Other non-medicinal treatments have shown a beneficial effect on certain symptoms: acupuncture, spa treatment (hydrotherapy), yoga, tai chi, qi gong, as well as behavioral and cognitive psychotherapies. Medications are reserved for patients who have failed to improve the symptoms of fibromyalgia through individualized exercise.

Non-drug treatments

Clinical studies have shown that some non-drug treatments can help people with fibromyalgia.

Physical activity, with exercises that are graded and adapted according to the means of each patient, has proved to be the most effective study against pain and functional disability. It also improves well-being at a modest cost and with no adverse effects. According to EULAR experts, this is the only therapeutic modality that can be “strongly” recommended in the management of fibromyalgia. The scientific data do not allow to distinguish the benefits of aerobic exercise from those related to an improvement of muscular strength.

Meditative movement practices (yoga, tai chi, qi gong, etc.) are “weakly” recommended, but seem to have a positive effect on sleep, fatigue and quality of life, whereas purely meditative relaxation practices have a weak positive effect on quality of life and pain. Ditto for acupuncture (which seems to improve pain and fatigue) and spa treatments (which could relieve pain and improve quality of life). Some alternative practices are not recommended for lack of evidence of effectiveness: biofeedback, hypnotherapy, physiotherapy, SAM-e (S-adenosyl-L-methionine), capsaicin, homeopathy, guided visualization. Chiropractic is formally discouraged for safety reasons.

Psychotherapies are “weakly” recommended for patients with mood disorders or who are struggling to adapt to their fibromyalgia. In particular, behavioral and cognitive therapies have shown a weak but significant ability to sustainably reduce pain symptoms and disability, and to relieve mood disorders.

Physical activity adapted in the management of fibromyalgia

Adapted physical activity (APA) is one of the non-medical treatments for fibromyalgia. Indeed, the regular practice of physical activity contributes to a significant decrease in pain and an improvement in the quality of life and morale.

Many sports activities can be adapted for use by people with fibromyalgia: for example, swimming, Nordic walking, taichi chuan and qi gong.

In the context of fibromyalgia, the attending physician can now prescribe APA by specifying the desired objectives (decrease of pain syndrome, muscle strengthening, fight against stress, etc.) and contraindications specific to the patient. In clubs offering these disciplines, educators trained in the practice of health sport are responsible for defining fitness and training protocols adapted to each particular case. Costs incurred, often modest, are sometimes covered by supplementary insurance (“mutuals”) or town halls / departments.

Patients who use these adapted activities testify to physical benefits (for example on autonomy and endurance), but also psychosocial benefits (fight against isolation, better self-image).

Drug treatments

There are no specific medications for fibromyalgia. Medications that are sometimes prescribed are intended to relieve symptoms without affecting the cause of the disease that remains unknown. Due to lack of clinical studies in this condition, these drugs are not officially licensed for the treatment of fibromyalgia and their use is under the responsibility of the physician.

In case of pain: most pain medications (analgesics) have no effect to relieve fibromyalgia. Only tramadol, with or without paracetamol.

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