Fibromyalgia is, unfortunately, a common issue which affects 3-5 million people, or 1 in every five people.
This syndrome is characterized by debilitating pain in the entire body. Yet, chronic muscle pain does not necessarily mean that you suffer from fibromyalgia, as this condition leads to other symptoms as well.
Yet, if your muscles ache all of the time, you need to check the list of fibromyalgia symptoms and see if you need to find a proper treatment or you can rule out fibromyalgia as a potential cause.
Fibromyalgia symptoms :
Muscle and Body Tissues
Mild to severe pain that may move around to different parts of the body
Tender and lumpy breasts (Fibrocystic breasts, as an overlapping condition)
Muscle twitching even while sleeping
Having the sensation of falling while sleeping (“Sleep Starts”)
Difficulty sleeping/broken sleeping pattern, leaving you feeling tired and lethargic each morning as opposed to refreshed.
Allergy and Sinus Issues
Itchy ears and earaches
Runny nose and post nasal drip
Allergies, sensitivity to molds and yeasts
Shortness of breath
Stomach and Digestion Problems
Bloating, nausea, abdominal cramps, and pelvic pain
Frequent urination (always need to pee, get up every night, often more than once)
Sensory Problems and Sensitivity
Sensitive to smells, light, noise, temperature, pressure, and climate changes.
Difficulty with night driving and seeing in low lighting
Poor coordination and balance
Directional difficulties and recognizing familiar surroundings
Zone out often, difficulty with concentration, short term memory, and differentiating between certain shades of color.
Burning or tingling in the upper limbs
Language impairments and difficulty speaking familiar words
Loss of libido
PMS and other menstrual problems
Heart attack-like pain
Hair, Skin, and Nails
Overly-ridged nails or nails that curve under
Skin that bruises or scars easily or appears mottled
Mental Health Symptoms
Anxiety, depression, panic attacks
Mood swings and unexplained irritability
Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
Carbohydrate and chocolate cravings
Headaches and migraines
Remember that all of these signs and symptoms are nonspecific, meaning that they can be caused by or signify another condition, or they could be coincidental and not mean anything at all. For example, just because you experience PMS, are occasionally moody, have cravings, or experience migraines, does not mean that you have fibromyalgia. Again, speak with your doctor before jumping to any conclusions. (1, 2, 3)
How is Fibromyalgia Diagnosed?
Unfortunately, Fibromyalgia can be mistaken for other conditions, and there are no specific tests that can give a one hundred percent certain diagnoses, making it difficult to diagnose at all.
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