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What Are the Early Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

My mother was diagnosed with fibromyalgia a few years ago, and I'm concerned that some of the aches and pains I experience might be signs that I have it too. What are the early symptoms of fibromyalgia?

 
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Early in the course of the disease, fibromyalgia symptoms can be so nonspecific and short-lived that a person might not even suspect that he or she has fibromyalgia. For instance, a person might feel a little pain and be a little tired for a few days.
 
This might not seem too unusual, as everyone has "off" days or feels like they are "coming down with something" now and then. However, as the symptoms worsen and occur more frequently and/or for longer periods, you may begin to suspect that something more is wrong.
 
While pain all over the body is a common symptom of fibromyalgia, early on, the pain may be found in just the neck and shoulders. As symptoms progress, this pain will involve both sides of the body and the areas above and below the waist. This pain is typically described as muscle pain; but in some cases, a person might also complain of their joints hurting.
 
Fatigue is also quite common as fibromyalgia symptoms worsen. People with this condition often feel stiff in the morning or not refreshed despite getting more than enough sleep.
 
If you are concerned you might have fibromyalgia, talk with your healthcare provider. He or she can ask a number of questions and perform a complete physical exam. This will help figure out if fibromyalgia or something else might be causing your symptoms.
 
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