Fibromyalgia is one of the more common ailments which affects roughly 3 – 5 million people, that’s about 1 in every 5 people who deal with the condition.

This is a syndrome that is followed by debilitating pain in the whole body. The whole body experiences excruciating pain, so if you are dealing with chronic muscle pain it doesn’t necessarily mean you have fibromyalgia. However you may need to take a look at the list of symptoms below if you are constantly dealing with muscle pain, If your symptoms relate to any of the ones listed below then maybe you need to follow up with a specialist.


SYMPTOMS OF FIBROMYALGIA

Digestion and Stomach issues:

  • Frequent urination
  • IBS
  • Abdominal cramps, nausea, pelvic pain and bloating
    Body and Muscle Tissues:
  • Swelling
  • Muscle Twitching
  • Morning stiffness
  • Mild to severe pain in certain body parts
  • Lumpy and tender breasts (Fibrocystic breasts)

    Heart Problems:
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Pain that is very similar to the one during a heart attack
  • Valve issues

    Sinus and Allergy issues:
  • Thick Mucus
  • Ringing Ears
  • Earaches and itchy ears
  • Shortness of breath
  • Post nasal drip and runny nose
  • Sensitivity to yeasts and molds

    Sleeping Issues:
  • Grinding teeth
  • Muscle twitching during your sleep
  • Feel like falling down during your sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling lethargic and tired every morning, and having difficulty sleeping

Little Girl Covering Ears ca. 2000

Sensory Problems and Sensitivity:

  • Sensitive to noise, light, smells, climate, pressure changes, and temperature
  • A difficulty with seeing in low lighting and driving at night

    Nails, Skin, and Hair:
  • Curved nails or overly-ridged nails
  • Hair loss
  • Skin that appears mottled, scars easy or bruises

    Cognitive Difficulties:
  • Tingling or burning in the upper limbs
  • Poor balance and coordination
  • Difficulty pronouncing familiar words and language impairments
  • Recognizing familiar surroundings and direction difficulties
  • Concentration issues, zoning out, short-term memory, and unable to differentiate color shades

    Reproductive Problems:
  • Impotence
  • PMS or other menstrual problems
  • Loss of libido

    Mental Health issues:
  • Anxiety, panic attacks, and depression
  • Irritability with no reason and mood swings
  • Some other symptoms may also include the following:
  • Family history
  • Vision Changes
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • The sweats
  • Chocolate cravings and carbohydrate cravings
  • The sweats
  • Unexplained gaining or losing weight

However all of these symptoms are not specific, as they can be caused from by other health issues too, so don’t fret if you experience some of them. This condition can be difficult to diagnose because it can be mistaken with other issues. Although there are still no fibromyalgia tests that are 100% specific. The American College of Rheumatology: set out the following criteria for someone to be diagnosed that is dealing with fibromyalgia:

Pain that was felt in all 4 body quadrants for at least three months.
11/18 tender points, with the pain, felt when palpated.
Negative results on any other tests for some other diseases.
Experts use a set of tests for diagnosing fibromyalgia and ruling out every other condition, such as the following:

  • Rheumatoid Factor
  • Anti-cellular Antibody (ANA)
  • Complete Blood Count
  • X-rays
  • Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)
  • Thyroid tests
  • MRI

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