Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread pain throughout the body. The pain stems from a problem with the way the nervous system processes pain signals.
Fibromyalgia also causes symptoms such as fatigue, depression, and mental fog.
This is one reason why people with this disorder take an average of five years to be diagnosed.
Knowing the type and location of pain and other symptoms you’re experiencing can help your doctor arrive at a diagnosis. The sooner you are diagnosed, the faster you can begin treatment to relieve symptoms.
Read on to find out some of the more common symptoms of fibromyalgia, and some of the unusual symptoms you may not expect.
++ Main signs and symptoms :
The main symptom of fibromyalgia is pain and tenderness in the muscles and joints throughout the body. The pain can travel from one place to another, but to meet the diagnostic criteria, you will need to feel the pain for at least three months. The pain should be in a specific number of parts of the body and be above a certain intensity. And you should not have another condition (such as arthritis) that could explain the pain.
* Fibromyalgia also causes a number of other symptoms, such as:
Lack of energy
Depression or anxiety
Memory problems and difficulty concentrating (sometimes called “fibrous fog”)
++ The most severe symptoms :
The pain caused by fibromyalgia can be severe and persistent. It can be severe enough to keep you from work and other activities at home.
In the National Health Interview Survey, 87 percent of trusted source respondents reported experiencing pain most days or every day of their lives.
Fibromyalgia can also cause severe emotional symptoms. More than 43 percent of people surveyed for a National Health Interview had anxiety and depression severe enough to need medication.
Of all the symptoms of fibromyalgia, stress can have one of the biggest impacts on your life. Constant fatigue affects more than 90 percent of people with this condition.
Fibromyalgia is not normal fatigue. It is the bone stress that drains your energy and turns every activity into a chore.
Between 40 and 70 percent of people with fibromyalgia also have uncomfortable symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, such as:
Diarrhea and / or constipation
Up to 70 percent of people experience regular stress or migraines, which are often severe. Headaches may be caused by pain in the head, neck, or shoulder muscles.
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++ More strange symptoms :
Here are some other symptoms that you may not expect, but can occur with fibromyalgia:
Sensitivity to noise, light, or temperature
Urgent need to urinate
Food allergy symptoms such as stuffy nose, wheezing, diarrhea, or vomiting