There are no lab tests, no x-rays, nothing that will show definitive proof that you have fibromyalgia. While you theoretically will need 11 out of 18 pressure points to prove painful to be given a fibromyalgia diagnosis, generally it is a diagnosis of exclusion. Diagnosis of exclusion simply means they will rule out everything else before you get the diagnosis. For some patients, this means years of procedures and testing before they are able to get a diagnosis that allows them to move forward into living with the chronic condition. While there are many symptoms of the conditions, these are the eight most well-known.
1 - All over Pain - Described as flu-like, it is an all over stiff and achy pain. Some days are worse than others, but generally no day is completely pain-free.
2 - Unrelenting Fatigue - While you are tired, there are days when you're so bone tired you aren't able to even move without it being nearly too much. Another of the flu-like feelings you'll discover you have.
3 - Insomnia, Sleep Disturbances - Whether it is trouble falling asleep or trouble staying asleep, you will have problems in your sleep patterns. While sleep is needed to help your pain levels and mental clarity, often the insomnia will perpetuate the cycle of the symptoms.
4 - Fibro Fog - Brain fog, a lessening mental clarity, is well known as a symptom. It can be one of the most troubling, searching for words or phrases that are on the tip of your tongue but can't quite make it out.
5 - Muscle Cramps and Weakness - A general over-all lessening of muscle strength is a predominant fibro symptom.
6 - Migraines and other Headaches - No matter if it is migraines or other headaches, this is a symptom that happens frequently.
7 - Balance Issues - Instability in walking and balancing is often a sign. Doctors will often rule out inner ear issues when this is your symptom.
8- Digestion Problems - From loud stomach sounds, diarrhea, constipation and other gastrointestinal issues, there are many conditions such as IBS that are often going on with the fibromyalgia.
These are just some of the well-known symptoms. Some of the lesser known ones are senstitivity to noise and smells, TMJ signs, and a metallic taste in the mouth. Talk with your doctor about your symptoms if you are experiencing any of these, or others.