The Fibro Seven.

Fibromyalgia comes with so many symptoms and coexisting conditions it is difficult to know if you are suffering from issues directly related to fibromyalgia or a different illness. There are a few common symptoms of fibromyalgia that you can count on being by your side once you are diagnosed. Maybe not all, but here are the ‘Fibro Seven’.

  1. Pain.
  2. Fibro Flares.
  3. Fibro Fog.
  4. Depression.
  5. Headaches.
  6. Sensory Sensitivity.
  7. Digestive issues.

These seven are the slam dunk symptoms of what accompanies fibromyalgia. Let us be clear about these when we are asked about our Fibro. It get’s messy when someone asks you to tell them what fibromyalgia is and you start listing off other chronic conditions and symptoms with your fibromyalgia symptoms. If we want to get the message out about Fibromyalgia Syndrome, we must be specific about what fibromyalgia entails.

When you are asked about your fibromyalgia symptoms stay on topic. It is too confusing when you rattle off restless leg symptoms, rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, Lupus symptoms, allergies, and other possible coexisting illnesses you have. These are no less important! These are illnesses you are battling right along with your fibromyalgia! But for now, we must be clear about fibromyalgia and its symptoms. Just the seven I listed above is a lot for anyone to understand. Try to be on point with symptoms of fibromyalgia so the person who wants to understand fibromyalgia, can.


May is Fibromyalgia Month and the 12th is the recognized day for Fibromyalgia Awareness. We should constantly be researching and learning about our disease. May should be our month of sharing publicly what we have studied and learned that year. Things are changing fast as more attention is now being paid to this little monster we call Fibromyalgia. What was once thought to be fact is fiction. What was once called a “garbage can disease” is now registered in the International Classification for Diseases Classification Manual (ICD-10-CD) with its very own diagnostic code, M79.9. What was once unknown is now known. Stay current. Knowledge is power and power affords us the ability to take charge of our fibromyalgia.



  1. It’s hardest when symptoms overlap. Am I dizzy today because I over did it? Or is it Meniere’s? I think that’s why it’s so hard to explain about it without bringing in the rest. But if someone wants to be educated about Fibromyalgia we can’t mix it all up, even if it really is mixed up sometimes.
    I hope that made sense.
    Good post, as usual.

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    1. It is so very confusing and this is not a hard, fast rule. My very best friend since middle school was just diagnosed and she said, just tell me what I have? That was the reason for this post… besides saying she was ‘screwed’ (HA!) I think it explained to her pretty well what she was up against. And she has other conditions compounding this diagnosis as well. Very, very hard. You make perfect sense, Wen. ~Kim

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