Yesterday covered the basics of Fibromyalgia and how we can all help researchers to learn more about ways to help us. Today’s article will cover the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. There are many. Each person seems to have a new symptom. While it is important to have any “new” symptoms discussed with a physician just to be sure – most of the time it is easy for us to just mark up something new to the fibro. That can be dangerous. So, while the symptoms do vary sometimes from person to person it’s important to be sure to stay in close contact with your physician.
Now a list of various symptoms. Are you ready? Are you sure? This can be overwhelming. If you suffer with Fibro and have a symptom that is not listed here please leave me a comment to let me know what it is. Chances are you aren’t the only one that suffers with it.
In researching the symptoms I came across a comprehensive list from the Mayo Clinic website. So I decided to just share their list and of course give them the credit for it. As usual I will add in my two cents because…well, that’s just me….I always have two cents and sometimes more to share.
Signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia can vary, depending on the weather, stress, physical activity or even the time of day.
Widespread pain and tender points
The pain associated with fibromyalgia is described as a constant dull ache, typically arising from muscles. To be considered widespread, the pain must occur on both sides of your body and above and below your waist.
Fibromyalgia is characterized by additional pain when firm pressure is applied to specific areas of your body, called tender points. Tender point locations include:
- Back of the head
- Between shoulder blades
- Top of shoulders
- Front sides of neck
- Upper chest
- Outer elbows
- Upper hips
- Sides of hips
- Inner knees
Fatigue and sleep disturbances
People with fibromyalgia often awaken tired, even though they seem to get plenty of sleep. Experts believe that these people rarely reach the deep restorative stage of sleep. Sleep disorders that have been linked to fibromyalgia include restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea.
Many people who have fibromyalgia also may have:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Restless legs syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
And from the Chronic Fatigue website:
Common symptoms of fibromyalgia:
- Widespread pain
- Chest pain
- Morning stiffness
- Sleep disorders
- Cognitive or memory impairment (“fibro fog”)
- Abdominal complaints
See how complete that was. There are few things I would add to complete the process. Keep in mind the best way to describe the pain that is associated with fibro is that it feels like the aches you get when you have the flu. You really just hurt all over. Another way I describe it is like you’ve been hit by a semi and run over repeatedly. I think you get the idea.
The links I listed will lead you to wonderful websites full of information.
Tomorrow’s article will be on who gets Fibro and how do they get it? Are you at risk? Look in your past and you just might find out.