Range of Symptoms

Fibromyalgia can cause pain and stiffness in the muscles and joints almost anywhere in the body. Because these symptoms resemble those of other conditions, the lack of tests, and the absence of a cause, diagnosis of Fibromyalgia can be very difficult. Everything you need to know about fibromyalgia ›

Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Arthritis

Is your pain caused by chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, or arthritis? They all involve pain but they are actually quite distinct with respect to the specific symptoms and type of pain. How can you tell the difference?

Read About the Individual Characteristics of These Chronic Conditions

Leg Pain

  • Fatigue

  • Fever

  • Joint pain

  • Reduced range of motion of a joint

  • Skin bumps

  • Varicose veins

  • Cold and pale leg

  • Difficulty breathing

  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Inability to walk or put weight on your leg

  • Pain after walking or mild exertion

  • Pale or bluish skin (cyanosis)

  • Popping sound at time of leg injury

  • Progressive weakness and numbness down the leg with loss of bladder or bowel control

  • Red streaks

  • Red, warm, and swollen legs

  • Sores on your feet and toes that do not heal properly

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Could You Have Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a complex pain disorder that affects 10 million Americans – most of them women.

Neck Pain

  • Altered posture
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Swelling
  • Pain and tingling down your shoulder and arm
  • Abnormal pupil size or nonreactvity to light
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Jaw pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Numbness
  • Stiff neck, fever and chills
  • Severe headache
  • Herniated disc
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteomyelitis (infection or inflammation of the spinal bones)
  • Osteoporosis (metabolic bone disease)
  • Paget’s disease of the bone
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Spinal cord trauma
  • Spinal degeneration (degenerative disc disease, also called spondylosis)
  • Spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal that presses on the spinal cord or nerves)
  • Spondylitis (infection or inflammation of the spinal joints)
  • Sprains and strains due to overuse or injury, such as a muscle spasm
  • Whiplash
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Occipital neuralgia (type of headache)
  • Migraine
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5 Conditions Related to Fibromyalgia

Doctors still have much to learn about what causes fibromyalgia. What they do know is that many times, it doesn't occur alone. People with fibromyalgia frequently cope with chronic headaches, depression, and other painful or debilitating disorders.

Understanding how these conditions interact may eventually help researchers develop better treatments for fibromyalgia. In the meantime, learning about related conditions could help you identify other causes for your symptoms. This knowledge can help you and your doctor manage and improve your health.

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