Welcome to module one of You vs Fibromyalgia: Arm Yourself with Knowledge.
This is a condensed version what Fibromyalgia is along with a summary of my research.
On the University of Maryland Medical Center website,Fibromyalgia is explained in this way:
“Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons; fatigue; and multiple tender points on the body.”
And on the same page, they list the signs and symptoms of Fibromyalgia:
Widespread pain and stiffness
Fatigue [and]/or trouble
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Heightened sensitivity to noises, bright lights, smells
Pain after exertion
Restless leg syndrome (RLS)
However, the trouble is that Fibromyalgia seems to be very unique to each person: how it comes on, what symptoms are present, what helps said symptoms.
For me, the pain came on slowly for a long time. The fatigue came with a bang after a severe bug that I caught in my last trimester of university. The insomnia seems to have been present for a lot longer than I knew that not sleeping well was not normal.
There is also a debate as to whether trigger points are present in Fibromyalgia or part of a separate issue called Myofascial Pain Syndrome. A lot of the above symptoms overlap with a lot of different conditions.
Please feel free to introduce yourself in the comments below and let us know what conditions you have.