This isn't a complete list since more symptoms and facets of FMS are still being discovered. I've put a brief summary beside most of the Diseases or conditions. If you want to know more, most have their own page you can go to to learn more about them.

One tool that was created by Paula, an FMS sufferer to communicate with her doctor is a Pain Scale. I haven't used it much, but others I know have.

Central Nervous System:

  • Fatigue
  • irritability
  • nervousness
  • depression
  • apathy
  • listlessness
  • impaired memory and concentration
  • anxieties and suicidal thoughts
Insomnia and frequent awakening result in non restorative sleep.


Any involved muscle, tendon, ligament or fascia can produce pain.
Usual areas are the shoulders, neck, upper and lower back, knees, inner and outer elbows, wrists, hips, and chest.
Old injured or operative sites are often affected.
Though conventional wisdom states otherwise, patients often complain of joint pains, with or without swelling, redness or heat.
Generalized stiffness, especially in the morning is common.


Pungent urine, frequent urination, bladder spasms, burning on urination (dysuria) with or without repeated infections and interstitial cystitis are common.


Rashes such as hives, red blotches, tiny bumps, eczema, seborrheic or neurodermatitis, and blisters occur.
Also: itching with or without a rash. Skin areas suffer increased sensitivities such as coldness or burning (especially palms and soles of feet), crawling, electric-vibrating, prickling or flushing with or without excessive sweating.

Miscellaneous Symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • dizziness
  • imbalance/vertigo (often of neck origin)
  • blurred vision
  • itching or dry eyes
  • nasal congestion and post-nasal drip
  • abnormal tastes (bad, scalded, metallic)
  • irritated tongue
  • sounds such as ringing
  • numbness and tingling of the hands, feet or face
  • dry mouth
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Night Sweats
  • Numbness
  • breathing difficulties
  • leg or foot cramps
  • weight gain
  • brittle nails
  • premature loss of hair due to its poor quality
  • low grade fevers
  • greater susceptibility to infections
  • Sensitivities to sounds, odors or chemicals

Various Syndromes, Conditions, and Diseases that often accompany FMS

Restless Leg Syndrome

RLS is caused by morning swelling of eyelids and hands from fluid retention that gravitates to the lower extremities by evening, stretching tissues.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Often called leaky gut, spastic colon or mucous colitis.
Symptoms include nausea (often in repetitive waves), indigestion, gas, bloating, cramps, constipation or diarrhea and sometimes mucus in the stools.


The term vulvodynia (vulvar pain syndrome) includes vaginal spasms, irritation of the vaginal lips (vulvitis) or opening (vestibulitis); generalized irritation that mimics a yeast infection; intense PMS with uterine cramping, and painful intercourse (dyspareunia).
All the symptoms of fibromyalgia are generally worse premenstrually.


Reactive Hypoglycemia

TMJ Dysfunction

Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Interstital Cystitis

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Sleep Apnea

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