We recently took a look at what fibromyalgia was and came to the unsatisfying conclusion that doctors don’t know what it is exactly or what causes it. However, one thing people are much clearer about is that we understand the symptoms of the condition.
The Most Common Symptoms Of Fibromyalgia
Not everyone with fibromyalgia experiences exactly the same symptoms. Having one or more symptoms may mean that you have fibromyalgia and it may mean you have another painful condition instead. Lists like these are informative but it’s down to your physician to provide a diagnosis.
- Muscular pain, muscular burning, twitches in muscles and tightness in muscles. Fibromyalgia commonly affects bone and muscle, so it won’t come as a surprise that things that seem wrong in the muscle may be a part of a fibromyalgia diagnosis.
- Low pain threshold. Fibromyalgia seems to make trivial pain worse. Many sufferers find ordinary interactions more painful and some complain that they have “tender points” on their body.
- Many people with fibromyalgia suffer from extreme levels of fatigue. They can even struggle to get out of bed or conduct even simple tasks.
- Difficulties with concentration or memory. It is worth noting that we all have problems with concentration and memory at times but fibromyalgia sufferers report “fibro fog” where this is a persistent and/or regular occurrence.
- Ironically for a condition that cause extreme tiredness, many sufferers of fibromyalgia report that they struggle to sleep.
- Nervousness, worry, depression and anxiety. This may be a cart before the horse set of symptoms as there is also evidence that people who suffer from depression and anxiety are more likely to get fibromyalgia.
Some sufferers of fibromyalgia report that their symptoms are very like those suffered by people with arthritis, but they are often more general, throughout the body, than in specific joints, etc.
Other Less Common Symptoms Of Fibromyalgia
There are other less common symptoms of the condition which are not seen in the majority of sufferers but are nevertheless common enough that they appear to be linked to the problem of fibromyalgia:
- Irritable bowel symptoms. Stomach pain, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, etc. are all reported by some people with fibromyalgia.
- Headaches and migraines. This seems like something you could expect as pain causes tension and tension causes headaches.
- Dry mouth, nose and eyes. This too is often a stress related condition and is prevalent in some folk with fibromyalgia.
- Sensitivity to cold, heat, light or sound. I think this might be possible to group with “low pain threshold” though I can see why they are kept separately as some might not associate this with pain.
- An increased need to urinate. This symptom seems unusual and out of place with other fibromyalgia symptoms, but it is common enough to get a mention here.
- Numbness, tingling in the face or limbs. These are often the warning signs of pain and it’s no surprise that some fibromyalgia sufferers report these problems.
So, there you have it. Fibromyalgia is a complicated condition. The list of symptoms if long and varied. If you think you may have a problem because you are in pain or suffer from any of those symptoms for a prolonged period of time, please seek help from your medical professional.