Fibromyalgia Q&As

Providing personal answers to your questions on fibromyalgia.

Expert advice and answers

How Flexible Are You?

Take our test to assess the health of your muscles and joints.

Take the test

Earle's Blog

Read Earle's blog on everything from fibromyalgia to sprains and strains.

Visit the blog

Ask Earle

A.Vogel Talks Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a health condition which affects up to 5% of people

Don’t suffer alone with Fibromyalgia!


Add your comments

You email address will not be published. All fields are required.

Check input OK
Check input OK

  • karen holt's photo avatar
    karen holt — 20.04.2017 14:35
    i have been diagnosed with fibromalgia i am in constant pain in my upper arms, and my thighs, but but i can sleep all night, does this mean that i may not have fibromalgia as my specialist could be wrong with his diagnosis, also i do suffer from bad depression thank you


    • Earle's photo avatar
      Earle — 20.04.2017 21:55
      Hello Karen I'm afraid I can't contradict your specialist, partly because I don't know what he or she has tested you for, before arriving at a fibromyalgia diagnosis. As the article says, it's a syndrome, with many symptoms and people's individual experience of those symptoms varies in intensity making a definitive list difficult. Diagnosing fibromyalgia is extremely difficult, so don't become frustrated if you doctor is unable to confirm your suspicions straight away. There is no definitive blood test and nothing will show up on an X-Ray or any other scan. Fibromyalgia also shares many of its symptoms, such as fatigue, with other conditions, so doctors like to rule these out first. Here's the process your doctor should be going through: In order for a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, you'd generally have to satisfy the following items - 1. Has your Doctor ruled out conditions that have overlapping symptoms, such as Lupus, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME, Hypothyroidism, Sleep Apnea, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Menopause and Lyme disease? These are the other possible causes of your symptoms. 2. You will have experienced the following for a minimum of 3 months: Widespread muscle pain, muscle spasms or tightness Fatigue and an intolerance to exercise Disturbed sleep or sleep that is not refreshing Poor memory and concentration Grinding of the jaw at night or tenderness during the day Irritable bowel syndrome (eg: bloating, abdominal pain, alternating bowel habits) Urinary changes such as increased urgency Headaches or migraines Sensitivity to changes in temperature, light, strong odours and noise Stiffness in the morning or after periods of inactivity Numbness or tingling of the extremities, such as the hands, feet and limbs Anxiety or feeling low 3. Experience pain in at least 11 of the 18 paired 'trigger points' illustrated here: and in all 4 quadrants of the body.


  • Gillian Mullen's photo avatar
    Gillian Mullen — 10.04.2017 22:49
    I am a fibromyalgia sufferer but did not realise this was the cause of my cold hands.Also when I go for a gentle weekly swim it always sets my fibromyalgia off !Otherwise I walk alot and keep active for my age of 65 years and find it helps alot.


    • Earle's photo avatar
      Earle — 11.04.2017 14:52
      Hello Gillian It may be worth considering if the swimming is indeed triggering your fibromyalgia, as walking, another gentle form of exercise, is beneficial to you. Each of these are usually of help, being similar, low-impact, types of exercise. Perhaps the swimming is triggering a localised symptom such as neck or back pain, rather than the raft of symptoms? If tolerable, though, do carry on swimming for its wide-ranging benefits.


Atrosan® – Devil’s Claw tablets for muscle and joint pains

30 tablets

£ 9.99

Buy now

Relieves muscle & joint pain, backache and lumbago. Also available in 60 tablet size.
More info

What's being asked

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is really a syndrome, meaning it has a lot of symptoms rather than one synonymous with ...
Read more >

What are the symptoms of Fibromyalgia? Can my doctor do a test?

There is no blood test available, so doctors rely on locating pain points on the body. Fibromyalgia ...
Read more >

What is the worst Fibromyalgia can become?

While we try to encourage people to engage in activity, as it can reduce muscular pain, I'd say the ...
Read more >

Just how healthy are your muscles and joints?

Answer our questions and find out if your flexibility is compromised.

Find out how flexible you are

Here's what I recommend

As the A. Vogel Muscles and Joints expert, I recommend Atrogel for the effective relief from aches and pains.

Learn more

Did you know?

Women are more prone to fibromyalia than men! It is estimated that 90% of those with the condition are female.

Why fibromyalgia loves women

Alfred Vogel's guide to leading a healthy and happy life

Nature is just about the best thing we’ve got!

Watch the video
A.Vogel Talks IBS with Ali A.Vogel Talks IBS with Ali