If you’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia or are a caregiver to a loved one who’s suffering, you know how hard it is to physically and emotionally manage this condition. here are six stages of fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia Stage 1

In this Fibromyalgia Stages you started experiencing pain and fatigue more than before, you’re not sure what is going on but you hurt and you are tired.You can hold a job, you can make it through your day, but you know something isn’t right…so it’s something you’re going to start researching.

Fibromyalgia Stage 2

In this stage you are in pain a lot, sometimes taking an anti-inflammatory drug or what have you.You do not get much relief, and you have accepted the fact this is something you are going to have for a while.you feel a lot of pain and you are exhausted almost every day, but for the most part.you keep going and hold down a job,can still go to events, spend time with your friends and loved ones, and have some good time here and there.

Fibromyalgia Stage 3

You are in constant pain, you are constantly tired,you wonder whether you will be ever able to function normally again.You are considering not working, because you no longer have the energy you once had,you come home from work and all you can do is rest. You have to turn down invitations,you have no energy left and you have to rest up just to go back tomorrow.In this stage of fibromyalgia you start to feel more alone, and more and more people are beginning to think you whine too much.This stage of fibromyalgia can last a long time, perhaps years.

Fibromyalgia Stage 4

You are in unrelenting pain all the time, good days are few and far between.You are calling into work sick more than you even make it in.You are in bed a good portion of your day.Your family begins to think you are using fibromyalgia as an excuse to not do things,because Fibromyalgia Stages 1-3 you were able to do much of what you just can’t do now.They think you are using your illness as an excuse, you feel alone, isolated, worried, emotional, sad.this is stage 4 of Fibromyalgia Stages.


Fibromyalgia Stage 5

 You are struggling to make ends meet. Maybe have a person who takes care of you.You spend a lot of your day in bed, although you still take advantage of that one good day once in awhile.You are sore, very sore, you cry a lot, you feel like a prisoner in your own body.By this time you have already explained to your friends that it still feels good to be invited even if you don’t go.
Fibromyalgia Stage 6

(The Final Stage)It’s easy to feel overwhelmed in this stage,because things are piling up around you: bills, laundry, dishes.You do a little everyday, you push yourself so you don’t feel like your day was wasted in bed,you feel guilty that you no longer pull your own weight in the house.these are common Fibromyalgia Stages. source

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  1. I suffer with chronic pain every day, but for some reason it has attacked my nerves in my bladder area. I feel like I have had a UTI since diagnosed in 2012. It’s the worst feeling to wake up with it ,and feel it till.i fall asleep. I can’t ware jeans anymore, the pressure against my belly kills me. Can hardly ware a bra either. It all just sucks!!!

    • Take Yogi tea cranberry pribiotic blend or take cranberry supplements, also otc meds for UTI hugly just saved me. I got a UTI out of nowhere and it really hurt and burned and I found relief with an OTC aid. Good luck.

    • I kept having this issue with UTI’s and pelvic pain, pressure and frequent urination. I found a great product called AZO at Walgreens.It is probiotics for the urinary tract. Try it! Not too expensive and worth every penny. I had several trips to Urgent care, urinating blood, very painful. AZO solved it for me! Good luck, I understand!

    • Mine has all 6
      I am number 3 and 4. I have to work and have to take care of my grand daughter. But live with a heating blanket and heated mattress pad all year round.

  2. There are no stages of fibromyalgia. I wish people would stop perpetrating that myth. The person who authored the original article admitted it was a hoax.

  3. I would say that for many people, arthritis enters into the picture with aging. Have there been any studies about the number of people who have fibromyalgia also end up with osteoarthritis?

  4. I agree with Elizabeth Cornell. I’ve been living with this shitty thing for over 30 years as well as MS for 12 years. Everybody copes differently with pain. I take Palexia to help but it only takes the edge off. I used to be able to push through the pain and fatigue when I was running a beef farm with my ex, but once I got hit with the double whammy of having MS too, that was it for me. Couldn’t push through the fatigue anymore just have to be kinder to myself and allow 48 hours recovery time now. If other people have a problem with that… let ’em! I find cutting right back on sugar can help too.

  5. Hello All .
    My name is Sally I have had FM for a decade at least .. I can’t really pin point stages . I manage it reasonably well for most of the time . I take 3 different meds ( not entirely happy about the meds but hey they help me live with My FM ) when I have a flare up sometimes months apart, I just feel like I’ve been hit by a bus .
    In between flare ups , I have pain most days in my thighs , strange to describe , it’s as if my bones have been repeatedly rubbed raw ( not that I’ve ever had my bones rubbed red raw , but if I did I think it would feel like FM pain ) The pain often worse when I’m tired , it can be ok one minute and really painful the next . My hands are often stiff, especially first thing , until I get moving , I am generally stiff and struggle to get out of bed . Once up and about my stiffness eases and I have reasonable days . I’m defiantly more sensitive to hot and cold , often with hot flush spells that ease soon after they hit .
    All of the above I deal with , the flare ups are most un welcome , but they come and they go . The longest one ever was 2 weeks , bloody nightmare that one was ( that was a one off 2 week long wipe out , thank god )
    So all in all , I’m pretty good . I do have one more quirky thing , OCD . ( may be related , that’s been suggested to me ) I have a condition called ‘ trichonillomania ‘ a hair pulling disorder , this I must admit I struggle with . I have recently had my head shaved which was so hard as my hair was onto my shoulder and a pretty blonde colour . I want to grow it , but I continue to pull out my hair . I don’t know if anyone else has any other maybe linked issues ?
    I see my specialist in a month , I’m going to ask him if there’s any known link to OCD and FM .
    Sounds like a lot of symptoms I have , but I really do manage well , I always try to keep my positive out look , I count my blessings . For me I believe if I spend time wishing what I would like I may miss out on what I actually do have ..
    Here’s to all you happy FM friends , take care I wish each of you well Sal x


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