Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that has many symptoms. One of the major symptoms is widespread pain. This pain is constant and is felt all over the body. My main areas of pain are in my neck, base of my skull, both shoulders, upper and lower back, upper arms, chest, thighs, knee joints, calves and jaw muscles. I have severe fibromyalgia and the pain is intense most of the time. I have forgotten what it is like to be pain free. In terms of rating my pain levels according to the pain scale, I would say that they never drop below 6.
The pain is felt as deep muscle pain. I have terrible muscle spasms which are incredibly painful. At times it will be stabbing or shooting pains and often it will be an intense burning sensation or throbbing.
The pain can be quite difficult to explain to someone who does not suffer from fibromyalgia. I have tried to liken it to a normal person perhaps going to gym and really overdoing it. Over the next couple of days that person will be very sore and tender. It can feel something like that but obviously a whole lot worse. The saying “I feel like I have been hit by a bus!” is way more accurate.
This pain changes your life. It changes you as a person.