Signs & Symptoms of Fibromyalgia in Women

Updated July 19, 2017

Fibromyalgia is a disorder in the body. It's a chronic condition that can cause widespread pain in a person's ligaments, muscles, tendons and joints. Women tend to get Fibromyalgia more than men. According to We Are FMILY, "it affects women aged 25 to 50."


The main problem with fibromyalgia for women is the constant pain. It feels like it travels all through the body. Sometimes it feels like the muscles are in spasms, while other times it feels like it is a deep intense pain in the body. The severity of pain varies through time, but it never fully goes away.

Pelvic Problems

Women have some pelvic pain with the condition. Sexual intercourse can be very painful. Plus, a woman can have very painful menstrual periods.


Fatigue is a common symptom of fibromyalgia. It is hard for a woman to fall asleep or to stay asleep.

Digestive Problems

Most women experience gas and abdominal cramping with fibromyalgia. A woman will also have issues with both constipation and diarrhoea. There are also issues with heartburn, and they have a hard time swallowing.


Many women feel very depressed when they have fibromyalgia. It can be taxing to have fibromyalgia since there is no cure. A woman should alert their doctor if their depression does not go away.

Other Symptoms

Some women experience anxiety and skin issues like dry and itchy skin. Sometimes women feel sensitivity to temperature. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include stiffness of the body, memory lapses, dizziness, chest pain, headaches and numbness in the feet and hands.

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