The symptoms I experienced were:

  • Widespread Muscle Pain in all four quadrants of my body in 12-18 of the 18 tender points, literally from head to toe. The pain variations were deep muscular aching that burns, throbs, spasms, cramps, tingles or felt like being stabbed through the heart or muscles hard as rocks and limited mobility. Pain and stiffness was often worse in the morning.
  • Fatigue. Feelings of energy drain, sinking spells, and heavy fatigue would come in waves of various degrees of severity and duration.  The fatigue might also affect my cognitive ability and memory. It could be mild to temporarily debilitating even before I became disabled with Chronic Mono.
  • Insomnia or Difficulty sleeping. Trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, restlessness, sometimes with Restless Leg Syndrome and night Bruxism (teeth/jaw clenching).
  • Digestive Problems or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Upset stomach, indigestion, abdominal pain, cramping, gurgling, noise, gas, diarrhea or loose bowels.
  • Other symptoms may include dizziness or lightheadedness, jaw pain, and numbness and tingling sensations.

In order to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a person must have widespread pain in four quadrants of their body for a minimum of three months. In addition, they must also have tenderness in at least 12 of 18 specific areas.



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