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10 Common Symptoms of Fibromyalgia — As Told by Memes

Fibromyalgia isn’t the easiest illness to explain. Because it’s invisible, people may not be able to understand what it feels like just by looking at you. You may get blank looks when you try to describe the never-ending pain and utter exhaustion that comes with fibromyalgia. And of course, it can feel lonely to have an illness your friends and family have never experienced and don’t quite “get.”

So we found some memes that may help do the talking for you — and maybe even make you laugh. Because sometimes, laughing at the ridiculous symptoms so many fibro warriors experience truly helps you cope. See if you relate to the memes below, and share with your loved ones who don’t understand your fibromyalgia.

1. Widespread Muscle and Joint Pain

Fibromyalgia is characterized by pain that can affect any and all areas of the body. This has been described as a deep muscle ache, stabbing or shooting pains, or even tingling. Mighty contributor Jennifer Prescott said, “Fibromyalgia feels as if your body is gnawing on itself, every minute of every day. Even on the ‘good days,’ when it’s just gnawing with less fervor. On the best days, it still nibbles, like an itch that can never be scratched or eliminated.”


8. Sensitivity to Light, Sounds and Odors

Studies have shown that people with fibromyalgia experience great sensitivity to light and sound, possibly due to changes in brain chemistry. If you have fibromyalgia, you may have found that candles, bright lights and loud noises are more off-putting now than they used to be.

willy wonka with head on hand and text, keep clicking that pen I dare you

via @capetown Twitter

9. Flu-Like Symptoms

Fibromyalgia is often described as feeling like the flu: achy, tired and chilled. Mighty contributor Erin Adair wrote:

Have you ever had the flu? That nasty seasonal kind that makes you so sore all over that even after taking four Motrin you can still feel your whole skeleton? If you have it’s a helpful reference. If not, be glad and keep getting your flu shot! Imagine waking up with that achy heavy feeling one day, only it’s alarmingly worse than usual.

man crying with text boss: can you work from home until you feel better. you: sure

via Health24

10. Sensitivity to Touch

Even the slightest touch or brush of clothing against your skin can be painful with fibromyalgia. Heightened pain signals cause small touches to feel much bigger.

“If someone brushes past me even lightly it feels like I’ve been heavily hit,” a Mighty reader told us.

somecards meme that says fibro problems: feeling like you need to strip your t-shirt off because it's putting too much pressure on your skin