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Other Symptoms

Even though we have focused on treatment options for the four main symptoms of CFS and FM, people with the two conditions usually experience several or even many additional symptoms. Other common symptoms in CFS and fibromyalgia include:

  • Abdominal pain (bloating, gas, diarrhea/constipation)
  • Alcohol intolerance
  • Allergies & rashes
  • Anxiety
  • Bruisability
  • Chills or night sweats
  • Chronic low back discomfort
  • Depression
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness or imbalance
  • Dry eyes and mouth
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Irritable or overactive bladder
  • Jaw pain
  • Loss of libido
  • Lymph node tenderness
  • Nausea
  • Numbness or tingling in hands, arms, legs, feet or face
  • Palpitations or shortness of breath
  • Poor eye-hand coordination and dropping things
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Rosacea or worsening acne
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, smell or weather
  • Sore throat
  • Twitching muscles or jerking
  • Weight changes (gain or loss)

    Additionally, about 70% of people with CFS experience Othostatic Intolerance (OI) in which symptoms worsen by sitting or standing for even short periods of time. Symptoms are ameliorated by lying down. OI may manifest as increased fatigue, weakness, nausea, abdominal pain, poor concentration, nervousness, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, headache, tremulousness, palpitations, and even faintness.

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