The main symptoms of FM are pain, fatigue, broken sleep, IBS and Fibro Fog. It is very easy for people to judge when they do not have Fibro. It is an invisible illness.
Fibro is immediately associated with pain as it is one of the predominant symptoms. However, long term chronic pain causes long term damage to our health. It’s not just the odd headache here and there and a bit of back or joint pain. There are over 7 different types of pain. Some wide spread, some localised some rotating round your body. Pain in whichever form is always there 24/7 it is regularly exacerbated into a flare by the slightest stress or trying to do simple tasks like preparing food, walking, or reaching for an item that you have dropped. It could be triggered by environmental factors such as noise or smell, which in turn trigger other symptoms like chronic fatigue, allergies, flu like symptoms and inflamed glands.
Pain threshold is not the same as pain tolerance. Many people with Fibro have lived with chronic pain for years and have learned to adapt to the pain, which in turn can increase pain tolerance.
The threshold means the point in which pain or symptoms occur – which happens to be more quickly and more intensely for people with Fibro.