10 Most Common Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
#8 Chronic Headaches
Many fibromyalgia patients report experiencing persistent headaches or migraines, which can be very severe and debilitating. Headache pain usually presents as a feeling of constant pressure or throbbing affecting the cranium and/or the temples. It is also common for headache pain to seem to extend further down the body, into the neck, shoulders and even the upper back.
Some people suffering from fibromyalgia claim that their headaches are often triggered by environmental sensitivities. As mentioned earlier, bright lights, strong smells and loud sounds can all seem far more intense to a fibromyalgia patient. Many times, a patient reports feeling fine until encountering one of these environmental triggers, after which a headache sets in. That headache may not go away for hours or even days, even after the patient moves into a trigger-free environment. In some cases, fibromyalgia headache pain can be strong enough to cause ongoing sleep disturbances.