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Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition resulting from overactive nerve firing that causes physical fatigue and muscle pain. Students with fibromyalgia may experience stiffness, headaches, tingling, numbness, difficulty sleeping, and problems with cognition and memory.
Students with fibromyalgia may have a variety of additional symptoms including sleep disturbances, fatigue, problems with cognitive functioning, IBS, headaches, and environmental sensitivities. Anxiety and depression often accompany fibromyalgia but should be treated distinctly. For students with severe symptoms, fibromyalgia can be extremely debilitating and interfere with basic daily activities.

Observing Fibromyalgia in the Classroom

Faculty might observe the following in students with fibromyalgia

  • May be absent more frequently than other students
  • May require special seating or carry pillows, etc.


Related Functional Characteristics

Fatigue (Physical) : Students with fibromyalgia may experience physical fatigue due to poor quality or disrupted sleep, and ongoing pain or stiffness in the muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Pain Management : Students with fibromyalgia may experience muscle, ligament, or tendon pain or tender points in their hands, arms, legs or feet.

Touch Oversensitivity : Students with fibromyalgia may react with pain to being touched even by fabric.

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