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The Mighty community shares the “embarrassing” symptoms of fibromyalgia they experience.


“Embarrassing” Symptoms of Fibromyalgia We Don’t Talk About

“Brain fog prevents me from being able to process what someone is saying and then I look rude for asking what they said more than once.”

“I sweat excessively for no apparent reason. The inability to regulate your own body temperature is frustrating.”

“When there are too many people talking at once or too much noise, my head goes into overdrive and I feel like I could explode.”

“I get a red rash on my neck out of thin air. Sometimes it’s just in one spot, sometimes it’s all over.”

“I cancel plans because I don’t feel well enough to go out. Eventually you get labeled as ‘that person.’”

“I always feel awkward telling my doctors about my GI-related symptoms, whether it be nausea, constipation or diarrhea.”

“My feet and legs will jerk or twitch and I’ll often squeak or yelp when it happens because it hurts. People stare and it makes me incredibly self-conscious.”

“I have a complete lack of energy. I understand that it’s my fibro, but others just see it as laziness.”

“When I am in a flare, my muscles become stiff and weak. I start to walk funny and it becomes very difficult to open doors, bend over, etc.”

“I have spontaneous shooting pain that is sometimes debilitating. I can have a perfectly good day and sharp pain comes from nowhere.”

Even though the symptoms of fibromyalgia may be totally out of your control, it can still be challenging to grapple with the physical, emotional and cognitive effects it can cause.

If you’re struggling with any of these symptoms, know you are not alone.

Originally published: May 30, 2018
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