What are the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
Since determining what fibromyalgia is, which seems to be an undetermined Chronic Pain Disorder or ‘Central Sensitisation Syndrome’ and the type of illness that it is, Chronic Illness and involving many symptoms, we can now begin to look at the varying symptoms that make it such a difficult illness to diagnose. The varied symptoms can be differing from one sufferer to the next and vary in intensity and severity making Fibro a Chronic illness in many cases with some of the symptoms being illnesses in their own right.
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What are the common symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
Widespread (chronic) Pain – felt throughout your body, but could be worse in particular areas, such as your back or neck. The pain is likely to be continuous, although it may be better or more severe at different times.
Fatigue – (extreme tiredness). This can range from a mild, tired feeling to the exhaustion often experienced during a flu-like illness.
Severe fatigue may come on suddenly and can drain you of all your energy. If this occurs, you may feel too tired to do anything at all
Sleep Disturbance – Tiredness from lack of sleep and poor sleep patterns is very common, and is sometimes severe enough to be more distressing than the pain itself.
You may wake feeling exhausted and fatigued. Many people feel worst first thing in the morning, but improve by the afternoon. Even a small amount of activity may make you tired. The tiredness may cause you to have poor concentration and contribute to ‘Brain Fog’.
Hypersensitivities – Fibromyalgia can make you extremely sensitive to pain all over your body, and you may find that even the slightest touch is painful. If you hurt yourself – for example, if you stub your toe – the pain may continue for much longer than it normally would.
You may hear the condition described in the following medical terms:
Hyperalgesia – when you are extremely sensitive to pain & your pain senses are heightened more than normal.
Allodynia – when you feel pain from something that should not be painful at all, such as a very light touch such as fabric against the skin for example.
You may also be sensitive to things such as perfumes (chemical senstivities), smoke, certain foods and bright lights (photophobia). Being exposed to something you are sensitive to can cause your other fibromyalgia symptoms to flare up.
Stiffness and aching – The stiffness may be most severe when you have been in the same position for a long period of time – for example, when you first wake up in the morning.
Cognitive Dysfunction – BRAIN FOG – Fogginess
Trouble remembering and learning new things including problems with attention and concentration & slowed or confused speech.
Depression &/or Anxiety – constantly feeling low, feeling hopeless and helpless & losing interest in the things you usually enjoy. Depression and/or Anxiety can also be viewed as reasons for why Fibromyalgia is being classed today as an Invisible illness.
Headaches/Migraines – Can be very debilitatiing for many fibro sufferers who also find them very difficult to get under control.
Migraine headaches and Fibromyalgia
One of the more common symptoms that accompany fibromyalgia is headaches. Along with muscle tension headaches, those caused by neck and back muscles that just won’t relax, there are migraine headaches – the kind that can flatten a person. It is very interesting to note the similarities between migraines and fibromyalgia. As we look at the two in tandem, you will be able to see may points where symptoms, causes and treatments overlap. Many people who are successfully treated for migraine headaches find their fibromyalgia symptoms abate and improve.
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Menorrhagia – Heavy Periods
Dysmenorrhoea – Period Pain
Other, ‘not-so’ common symptoms may include:
Dizziness and clumsiness including – poor balance and co-ordination as well as poor hand-eye co-ordination.
Feeling too hot or too cold – this is because you’re not able to regulate your body temperature properly (Another hypersensitivity)
Restless legs syndrome – (RLS) an overwhelming urge to move your legs and discomfort.
Paraesthesia – Tingling, numbness, prickling or burning sensations in your hands and feet.
Poster via Dear Fibromyalgia Online Facebook community support group
See more at some of my fave Fibro Medical Info HOTSPOTS:
FibroMyalgia Action UK:
Arthritis Research UK
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