6 Painless Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia pain can easily derail your entire life. It’s an agonizing and seemingly endless experience that leaves you unable to do the things that other people take for granted. But while that pain is the most noticeable symptom and the one that usually sends people to the doctor for the first time, there are a large number of painless symptoms of fibromyalgia.

And because many of these symptoms aren’t things that people typically associate with fibromyalgia, they often go unnoticed, which can delay getting a diagnosis. So, here are some painless symptoms of fibromyalgia that you should watch out for.

6 Painless Symptoms of fibromyalgia

Fibro Fog

One of the most common painless symptoms of fibromyalgia – and one that’s hard to recognize- is what’s called “fibro fog.” Essentially, this is a kind of mental haze that affects people with fibromyalgia from time to time and results in a range of mental symptoms.

Usually, fibro fog makes it hard to focus on daily tasks or causes you to forget simple details you just learned. It isn’t uncommon for someone with fibro fog to do something like leaving their house keys in the door or spend half an hour looking for their cell phone only to realize it’s in their hand.

You might even find yourself forgetting the names of people you just met, which can be quite embarrassing. But these are all things that happen to everyone from time to time, which makes it hard to immediately associate this symptom with fibromyalgia. But if you’re consistently having trouble focusing, it’s possible that you may be experiencing fibro fog.


Anxiety is another common painless symptom of fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, everyone feels anxious from time to time, and a huge number of people around the world suffer from anxiety disorders. For instance, 18% of all Americans struggle with serious anxiety on a daily basis, making it the most common mental illness in the country.

But persistent anxiety is also associated with fibromyalgia. And that means that if you are experiencing panic attacks or feelings of dread regularly you may have the condition.

Frequent Bowel Movements

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a condition that affects around 10% of the world’s population. And it’s characterized by a wide range of trouble with your bowels. It can make you constipated or do the opposite and cause you to have frequent diarrhea. It is actually a much more serious problem than the name might suggest.

But, fibromyalgia can often result in symptoms that are similar to IBS. And people with fibromyalgia often end up feeling constipated or having frequent bowel movements.

So if you find yourself going to the bathroom frequently (or not frequently enough) you might just be suffering from fibromyalgia.

Frequent Urination

Another one of the strange but painless symptoms of fibromyalgia is frequent urination. Essentially, someone who suffers from this symptom will find they have an uncontrollable need to urinate frequently no matter how little they drink or how often they go.

And while that might not sound like a serious problem, imagine having to urinate really badly but not being able to get up because of your severe fibromyalgia pain. Or imagine having the little bit of sleep you are able to get interrupted by a need to use the bathroom. That makes frequent urination a pretty unpleasant symptom to have.


Itching is one of the most common painless symptoms of fibromyalgia and is one of the most infuriating. In fact, some people with fibromyalgia itching say that it is worse than the pain. Essentially, it’s a feeling of bugs crawling on your skin or severe itchiness that you just cannot seem to cure.

No amount of creams or lotions really seems to help and scratching just leaves your skin bloody without any relief. Of course, not many people would immediately associate itching with fibromyalgia, which makes this a symptom that is very easy to overlook.

Tingling Or Numb Hands And Feet

In addition to the pain of fibromyalgia, it causes some other sensations in your body. One of the most frequent is a sense of tingling in your hands or feet. You probably recognize the sensation as what it feels like when your limbs “fall asleep.”

It’s a sense of numbness in the limb followed by a pins and needles sensation as the feeling returns. But while everyone has a limb fall asleep from time to time after sleeping or sitting on it, the sensation from fibromyalgia can occur at any time and is usually overlooked by people suffering from the condition.

Fibromyalgia causes a wide range of symptoms, and most are easy to miss if you aren’t careful. So always make sure to consider symptoms carefully and get to the doctor if they become severe.



Comments 6

Cin says:
I have FM since 1985. I could walk only a few steps using a cane. I thought I had MS or Lupus. For 3 years no Doctor in Vegas could figure out what was wrong. So I went outside of my medical and seen a Neurologist, it was there all types of testing was done; CT Scans, MRI’s, Brain Scans, nerve test and much, much more. After two weeks of testing, I first had to believe this is what I had. I never heard of it before. I knew no one else who had it. Tons of Meds was put into my hands to try. I believed it would help me so I took it. My brain fogs was scary, especially while driving. I got lost, I cried from fear, everyone thought I was crazy, they blamed the meds (which did help the pain, but the side effects was terrible). I also have Auto Immune, Degenerated Disc, my entire cervical is bulging and my nerve is stuck between on of the cervical disc which causes no grip in my hands and constant trembling, my lower back also suffers from bulging disc, I cannot be in the sun, I love the cold but not directly under an A/C and when I go out to eat, I must sit on cushion chairs. The hard wood seats will kill me. I have PTSD and terrible anxieties!!! I now take Effexor 200mg for the depression & Lorazepam for anxieties. I stopped every pain pill mentioned or tried. I use ice, and Herbal rubs that I studied on and make myself. Sugar, heavy pushing, lifting and stress will put me in severe pain not to mention the nightly insomnia’s and the Chronic Fatigue. I could go on & on but you all know what it’s like. I will pray for all of you. God is my strength. Meditation helps and light slow stretches. If you have a good support system that would help. There is no support groups here in Hawaii and I don’t have the energy to start one. Nor do I have the support. I guess when you live alone it has it’s pros and cons. I like it quiet cause the noise vibrates off my body and the itching starts. Not to mention the Restless Leg Syndrome. Grrrr , did I miss anything??? LOL I probably did. LOL God Bless all of you.
Kathy Buxton says:
I have these symptoms and then some. Not only do my hand and feet tingle, but my elbows feel like I just hit my elbow on a sharp corner, I itch, I have to go to the bathroom to tinkle so many times at night I loose count, I have been diagnosed with severe anxiety and clinical depression, fibro fog, forgetful, insomnia, the bottoms of my feet burn and feel blistered, I could go on for a long time.
Jackie Callahan Ragains says:
I do the same. They said I had fibro after they couldn’t find out why my whole right side was numb.
Alice Roberts says:
I have all theses symptoms.Every night and day my left foot goes numb but it hurts at the same time.Some Times I can move my toes. I take pain medication but that’s all .I can’t take any of the other medications my Doctors want me to try. I can’t take the side effects. The cost is another problem I’m disabled from my Fibromyalgia I don’t have the money to even try some of this stuff. A lot of it scares me .For years the Doctors said I had Interstitial Cystitis. The last two years I have believed what it’s just part of my Fibromyalgia. The Fibro fogs are bad I feel like I have a fever. I can’t drive . Trying to follow a conversation is very hard. Speaking is also hard,I can’t find the right words. I feel drained and fatigued at the same time. The pain is getting worse as I get older. I have had Fibromyalgia since I was 27 ,I’ve lived with it for 27 years. I exercise,take a lot of Vitamins,eat right . But I always meet Doctors and people that think they can give me some medication or advice I’ve already tried. Or people that say you should try this or that . One of my daughter friends father told me there was a cure for Fibromyalgia and why haven’t I tried that? Changing the way I think be more positive! Seriously not one of those people could live a day in my body. I ‘ve gotten use to being in pain and so stiff I can’t get out of bed in the morning or off the couch at night. I just keep moving. I spent 10 years in bed , hoping for something to help me . I finally threw all meds but two in the trash and decided to have a life.
Cindy Holman says:
Itching! OMStars…it gets so bad I bruise myself scratching. I take Benadryl for the itching, which knocks me out. And it is not painless! Itching causes scratching and scratching causes bruises and in some cases, scratching yourself raw (I haven’t done that yet) so it’s not painless.
Barbara Riggs says:
I was diagnosed about 7 years ago. I lost my 32 year old son in 2008 and then had 2 bad car accidents with no visible injuries, but I believe this led to my diagnosis, but it took two years.
I have also been tested for RA and Lupus..
I have severe pain every day with a more painful flare at least twice a week. I used to take tramadol, but the dr. wont prescribe any longer. I depend on motrin or regular aspirin.. I don’t sleep well, and I am in fear of having dementia or Alzeimers as both my parents had it. I am extremely forgetful and in the last week or so, I actually got confused driving in my own neighborhood. It was just for a minute, but very scary. I forget names as soon as I hear them… I have had custody of my nine yer old granddaughter for 7 years, and meet a lot of parents and kids, so this has become a problem.
I am in so much pain, I just want to stay in bed.
I live in Massachusetts and wonder if anyone has found a great rheumatologist in Boston or nearby.
I really need relief and advice

THank you
Barbara Riggs