If fibromyalgia can be summarized in one word, that word would be ‘pain’. Almost all sufferers of Fibromyalgia experience soreness, tenderness and pain that can range from a throbbing ache to a burning sensation or even a sensation that feels like they’re being stabbed by a thousand needles.
This is an unenviable condition that leaves people so sensitive that even the slightest touch causes them to feel pain. It often takes about 1 to 2 years to properly diagnose the condition and there is no specific test for it. Diagnose is usually a long process and difficult because the symptoms of Fibromyalgia are similar to several other illnesses such as arthritis, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple sclerosis. So often these other conditions need to be ruled before a diagnosis is given. Another layer of complexity is that it's also not uncommon to have multiple conditions with similar symptoms. Read more - Finding The Right Doctor For Fibromyalgia Management.
In this mini blog, we’ll look at a few other symptoms besides pain, which is the most common symptom of Fibromyalgia. If you notice that you have a few or several of these symptoms while experiencing unexplained pain, do inform your doctor about them.
It’s easy to overlook these symptoms and think they’re just the usual inconveniences that pop up every now and again, but in reality, this may indicate you have fibromyalgia and not know about it.
Who would have thought that having sleeping difficulties translates to having fibromyalgia? While the pain may cause sufferers to have interrupted sleep or difficulty falling asleep, there is also the issue of waking up feeling more tired than when you went to bed. This could be a sign.
While normal fatigue after a long day at work or after a high intensity training session at the gym is normal, people who suffer from extreme fatigue for no reason, could have fibromyalgia. They feel like their limbs are heavy and their bodies are just drained of energy for no reason at all. Even if their days aren’t busy, they’re tired. Fibromyalgia may be why.
Irritable bowel syndrome
IBS is another sign of fibromyalgia because it affects the digestive system causing poor digestion, bloating, stomach aches, diarrhea and so on. While the occasional upset tummy is par for the course, if this happens with increasing frequency, you might be having fibromyalgia.
Alas, we’ve all had these and the usual resort is to pop two aspirin and let the headache go away. However, if your headaches keep occurring and you feel like your neck and shoulders are tight and painful, it could be due to fibromyalgia.
One of the key indicators of fibromyalgia is the general sense of unease in the body. Your muscles feel tighter and more painful. Your body seems stiffer and less pliable. You may feel confused and have a ‘brain fog’ that you just can’t shake away. You may also be more sensitive to smell and light. The odor of certain foods may throw you off. Bright light may suddenly feel uncomfortable, and sounds may suddenly seem louder and irritate you more.
Your moods may also swing more easily. Anxiousness, depression, irritation and anger may become more common within you. All these are signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia. Seek professional medical help if you believe that you may have fibromyalgia.
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