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Fibromyalgia Quiz

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While not meant to serve as a replacement for a healthcare provider diagnosing fibromyalgia, this symptoms quiz can be used for your own knowledge by helping to provide you with a baseline for your level of symptom severity. You can even retake this fibromyalgia quiz again later to see changes over time as you apply your therapeutic approach.

Please note and acknowledge that this self-assessment is not intended to estab­lish a physician-patient rela­tion­ship, to replace the ser­vices of a trained physi­cian or health care pro­fes­sional, or oth­er­wise to be a sub­sti­tute for pro­fes­sional med­ical advice, diag­no­sis, or treatment. The aim of this fibromyalgia test is to provide education about the condition. By filling out this self-assessment and clicking “calculate,” you acknowledge that you’ve read and agree with this statement and agree to re-origin’s Terms & Conditions.


How often do you experience muscle fatigue or weakness?

How often do you experience joint or muscle pain?

How often do you experience pains that migrate from one part of the body to another?

How often do you find yourself feeling fatigued/tired and having low levels of energy?

How often does your body feel stiff?

How often do you find yourself having pain for which a doctor has not found a physical cause?

How often do you find yourself experiencing unexplained headaches?

How often do you experience brain fog or memory lapse, or feel cognitively “sludgy”?

How often do you find yourself having intense overall symptoms?

How often do your symptoms impair your day-to-day function?

Based on your results, your symptoms appear to be mild. You may find that your symptoms flare up when you become stressed or encounter something in the environment that triggers inflammation. You would likely benefit from making certain lifestyle adjustments to help minimize stress. If you’ve already done this and still experience frequent flare-ups of symptoms, then you may want to learn more about brain retraining to reduce inflammation and turn down your brain’s pain-sensing neurons. re-origin offers a science-based limbic system retraining program that’s easily accessible online as well as in a mobile app.

Based on your results, your symptoms appear to be moderate. Maybe you’ve been experiencing these symptoms for a while, or perhaps they’ve intensified in recent weeks or months. The good news is, that there are clear steps you can take to improve your wellbeing: Temporarily mitigating unnecessary stressors in your life can give your brain and body the break it needs to begin to regenerate. If you find that you want to take a more active approach to retrain your pain-sensing neurons and calm inflammatory processes - then you may consider joining the thousands of people who are now finding lasting relief from fibromyalgia and CFS through neuroplasticity or brain retraining. re-origin offers a science-based limbic system retraining program that’s easily accessible online as well as in a mobile app.

Based on your results, your symptoms appear to be severe. But you’re not alone. An estimated 2.5 million adults across America struggle with Fibromyalgia each year. The good news is that every challenge brings new opportunities, further research, and better options to help you heal. Some steps you can take to help yourself right now include: Temporarily mitigating unnecessary stressors in your life to give your brain and body the break it needs. Or if you’re looking to take a more active approach, you may consider joining the thousands of people who are now finding lasting relief from anxiety through brain retraining. re-origin offers a science-based limbic system retraining program that’s easily accessible online as well as in a mobile app.

How Do I Know If I Have Fibromyalgia?

This is the question asked by many of those who suffer from invisible widespread pain or persistent symptoms that seem to have no easily discernible cause. If this is you, then you’ve come to the right place. This article will provide you with an overview and understanding of fibromyalgia as well as a way to determine the severity level of your symptoms. 

re-origin offers a brain retraining program that addresses the root cause of your fibromyalgia. We’ll help reduce your brain’s pain signals so you can find symptom relief. If you’re ready to finally put your fibromyalgia in remission, join the re-origin program today.

Overview of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain

Ordinarily, pain, unpleasant as it may feel, acts as a preemptive warning that a part of our body has been injured and requires attention. In usual circumstances, the pain signals work as they should; firing when there is damage and stopping when the injury is taken care of or treated. In some cases, however, the pain signals fire inappropriately, sending a false alarm to our brain. This can happen for two main reasons:

  • False Danger Alert: Pain signals may be triggered spontaneously, signaling the brain of a potential threat, even when no actual danger exists.
  • Past Injury Confusion: Pain signals might continue to be activated in response to an injury or damage that has already healed or been addressed.

When a person experiences long-standing pain (three months or longer) that persists beyond the expected recovery time or is occurring alongside a chronic (long-term) health condition, it’s defined as chronic pain or a pain disorder. 

One of the most common pain disorders is called fibromyalgia (also known as fibro and FM), which is the focus of this article; however, the information provided here also applies to many of the common symptoms and secondary conditions that often accompany fibromyalgia. Some of these include:

  • Chronic pain syndrome
  • Chronic back pain, neck pain, knee pain, pelvic pain, muscle pain, abdominal pain, etc.
  • Chronic headaches, tensions headaches
  • Migraines
  • Brain fog
  • Sciatica
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Repetitive stress injury (RSI)
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Coccydynia
  • Chronic temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
  • Chronic tendonitis
  • Neuropathy
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Tender points and swelling around the joints

How does this fibromyalgia quiz work?

For each of the following questions, you will be asked to select one of the following options to indicate the frequency of your symptoms: never, very rarely, rarely, occasionally, frequently, or always. Your unique answers will then be used to calculate your results and determine whether your symptoms are mild, moderate, or severe. Your results will show further unique educational information, and all results are strictly confidential.

What is pain and fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder represented by widespread musculoskeletal pain. For pain to be seen as widespread, pain must exist on both the left and right sides of the body as well as above and below the waist. Fibromyalgia patients report pain as being a dull constant aching that lasts for at least three months.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia go beyond musculoskeletal pain. People often experience a range of physical discomforts known as somatic symptoms. A common one is fatigue, or feeling tired and drained. They may also have trouble with their thinking processes. This can show up as cognitive disturbances, which include having a hard time focusing and a sense of fuzziness in their thoughts, often described as mental cloudiness.

While it remains unclear exactly what causes fibromyalgia, one significant precipitating factor for someone to develop fibro seems to be a combination of stressful life events and an acute viral or bacterial infection. These stressful or traumatic situations can be physical stress or psychological in nature. Possible triggers for chronic pain, including fibromyalgia, include:

  • Bodily Injury
  • Viral infections
  • Giving Birth
  • Undergoing an operation
  • Termination or unraveling of a relationship
  • Subjected to an abusive relationship
  • Death of a loved one

However, there are many instances in which fibromyalgia does not develop after an obvious stressful or traumatic event.

How is pain and fibromyalgia detected?

Because fibromyalgia is not well understood, many people may be left wondering:

  • How do I check myself for fibromyalgia?
  • Is there a test I can take to tell if you have fibromyalgia?

Currently, there is no generally accepted or utilized medical test to specifically diagnose the condition. Rather, some fibromyalgia diagnostic criteria have been assembled to assess a person’s condition and rule out any other conditions that could be causing the symptoms associated with chronic pain and fibro. You may also take a blood test to rule out any conditions that present similar symptoms.

Even with no medical test, there are specific criteria that must be met for a formal chronic pain or fibromyalgia diagnosis. For fibromyalgia to be diagnosed, certain criteria usually have to be met. You must have pain in at least four of these five areas consistently for a minimum of three months:

  • Left upper zone: left shoulder, arm, or jaw
  • Right upper zone: right shoulder, arm, or jaw
  • Left lower zone: left hip, buttock, or leg
  • Right lower zone: right hip, buttock, or leg
  • The axial zone: the neck, back, chest, or abdomen

What are the complications related to fibromyalgia?

As with any condition, fibromyalgia and chronic pain have associated complications. For instance, a major symptom of fibromyalgia is called fibro fog or brain fog. It’s a serious symptom that can cause compromised functioning both mentally and physically. Fibro fog is characterized by:

  • Easy distraction
  • Difficulty when conversing with others
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Forgetfulness

Due to these symptoms being highly social in nature, many people suffering from fibro fog are not able to work safely or effectively. Even for individuals with fibromyalgia who are able to work, there can be a reduction in productivity and a lower quality of life. The pain, fatigue, and brain fog associated with the condition can make once enjoyable activities difficult and, therefore, unenjoyable.

Because once joyful activities become painful and difficult, people may withdraw from everyday activities and become less social in general.

How do you treat fibromyalgia?

Medication and self-care are both effective strategies for managing or treating chronic pain and fibromyalgia. The core goal of any treatment method is to minimize symptoms and improve one's general health. While no singular treatment can alleviate all symptoms, implementing a variety of methods has a cumulative effect when battling symptoms.


Several medications are commonly used to reduce the pain of fibromyalgia. When considering medications to manage fibromyalgia symptoms, it is important to consult with your doctor. Common medications include:

  • Pain relievers: Also known as analgesics, these are medicines that reduce or eliminate pain. Examples include ibuprofen and acetaminophen (Tylenol).
  • Antidepressants: These aren’t just for depression. They help with fibromyalgia by adjusting levels of certain chemical messengers in your brain, like serotonin and norepinephrine, which can influence how much pain you feel. Duloxetine and Milnacipran are examples that help manage the emotional and painful symptoms of fibromyalgia.
  • Anti-seizure drugs: Although they’re primarily used to treat seizures, these drugs can also help with fibromyalgia. They calm down nerves that are too active in sending pain signals. Gabapentin and Pregabalin are common ones that help decrease the pain experienced in fibromyalgia.


Several different types of therapies may be able to lessen the effect symptoms of fibromyalgia have on one’s body. Common choices include:

  • Physical therapy: This therapy includes exercises to help improve strength and flexibility, reduce pain, and enhance physical function.
  • Occupational therapy: This therapy uses activities and techniques to help manage daily tasks and improve overall well-being.
  • Counseling: This involves talking with a trained professional to understand and cope with emotional challenges, such as stress or depression.

re-origin focuses on addressing the root cause of chronic pain and fibromyalgia: an impaired or overactive limbic system that is constantly in “danger mode.” Our program uses the brain's natural ability to change, called neuroplasticity, to create new, positive neural (brain cell) pathways in your mind filled with feelings of relaxation and joy. This calms the brain’s overactive threat-response system so you can reduce pain signals and sensations and potentially recover from chronic pain and fibromyalgia symptoms.

If you’re ready to find symptom relief from your fibromyalgia, join the re-origin program.

Simply put, yes, fibromyalgia is a real condition affecting millions of people globally. It’s a chronic pain condition experts conclude is in part caused by an imprecise or faulty nervous system.
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While there is no permanent cure for fibromyalgia, medications, lifestyle changes, counseling, and natural remedies are all viable options to help manage the symptoms. To explore options, it is important to conduct your own research and speak with your doctor to explore which options are best for you.

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