43 Symptoms of Fibromyalgia – Anyone With Muscle Pain Should Read This

In the U.S.A between 3 to 6 million people, meaning 1 person in every 50, are suffering from fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that manifests by pain experienced all over the body that appears without an evident cause.  Even though people cope and manage to relieve the pain temporarily, it is often chronic condition that they deal with forever.

Fibromyalgia has additional symptoms, besides the muscle pain. Not every muscle pain that lasts for a prolonged period of time is symptom of fibromyalgia. If you or someone you know has such symptom, there are other things that have to be taken into consideration prior to fibromyalgia diagnose, and here are some of it that will give you better understanding of this syndrome:

Fibromyalgia Symptoms

 If you suffer, on a regular basis, from muscle pain that appears without an evident cause, pay attention to this list of symptoms  to find out whether or not you have fibromyalgia.

Muscle Tissues

  • Swelling
  • Morning stiffness
  • Minor to severe pain that moves around different parts of the body
  • Muscle twitching
  • Lumpy and tender breasts (Fibrocystic breasts, as an coinciding condition)

Sleep Problems

  • Convulsing of muscles while sleeping
  • Sense of falling while sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Broken sleeping pattern / Difficulty sleeping
  • Grinding teeth

Sinus Issues and Allergy

  • Thick mucus
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose and post nasal drip
  • Allergies, sensitivity to yeasts and molds
  • Ringing ears
  • Itchy ears and earaches

Heart Problems

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Valve problems
  • Pain that looks like heart attack

Digestion and Stomach Problems

  • Nausea, bloating, pelvic pain and abdominal cramps
  • IBS
  • Frequent urination

Reproductive Problems

  • Loss of libido
  • Impotence
  • PMS or other menstrual problems

Sensitivity and Sensory Problems

  • Sensitive to light, smells, temperature, noise, pressure
  • Difficulties vision like seeing in low light and night driving

Skin, Hair, and Nails

  • Skin that scars or bruises easily
  • Ridged nails or nails that curve inwards
  • Hair loss

Cognitive Difficulties

  • Short term memory loss, zone out often, difficulty concentrating, and difficulty in distinguishing between different shades of color
  • Difficulties in recognizing familiar surroundings and difficulties with space directions
  • Tingling or Burning in the upper limbs
  • Poor balance and coordination
  • difficulty speaking familiar words and language impairment

Mental Health Symptoms

  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Panic attacks
  • Unexplained irritability
  • Depression

Other Symptoms that may occur

  • Sweats
  • Family history of fibromyalgia
  • Vision changes
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
  • Carbohydrate cravings

Note: All above mentioned symptoms are not specific for fibromyalgia only, which means that they can be a sign of another health condition, or they may be coincidence, or they can be triggered by something else.

How to Diagnose Fibromyalgia?

 There are not tests that diagnose Fibromyalgia with 100% certainty. It can be easily misdiagnosed, or its symptoms can easily misguide doctors to other health conditions.

The American College of Rheumatology has set the criteria for a fibromyalgia diagnosis. They are:

  • Wide spread pain that lasts for at least 3 months
  • Feeling of pain when palpated on 11 out of 18 tender points
  • Negative findings on other similar diseases

As mentioned, there are no tests that can detect fibromyalgia with 100 % certainty, so medicine first uses various tests to rule out other diseases, such as:

  • Thyroid tests
  • MRI
  • Antinuclear Antibody (ANA)
  • X-rays
  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)
  • Rheumatoid factor
  • Complete blood count

Sources: besthealthyguide.com