Fibromyalgia has More Symptoms Than The Usual 10

Written by Deb Lundquist with sources listed at the end

July 15, 2017

We all know that the main symptom of Fibromyalgia is pain that is impossible to explain to others, especially to people who are really brick walls with blocked ears. The second symptom is debilitating exhaustion that, no matter how much you try to sleep, just simply seems to continually seep into your world with a snap of a finger. You sleep and wake up more exhausted than before you slept. It is so hard to explain to loved ones. Yet you look perfectly healthy.

The good news is that both the National Institutes of Health and the American College of Rheumatology recognize Fibromyalgia as a complex disease which involves the physical body, brain chemistry, mental function, and psycho- emotional health. This complex disease has so many signs and symptoms that aren’t focused on just pain and exhaustion.

Simply Fibro means fiber or fibrous tissue and myalgia means a non-specific muscle pain. There is so much more to it as you all know. We will go into it in a minute. The American College of Rheumatology estimates that from 2-4% of the adult population of the world have Fibromyalgia and most of these, 90%, are women. This does not take into account teenagers or children.

Despite all of this recognition, many physicians still refuse to believe in and/or treat Fibromyalgia because they cannot find anything clinically wrong with the patient during the physical examination. They don’t believe what the patient is saying and they don’t run all of the tests that need to be run.

Signs and Symptoms of Fibromyalgia Classified By Body Area

Muscle-Related Symptoms:

• Constant/chronic pain in muscles all over the body, especially in the shoulders, neck, lower back, and hips

• Muscle spasms or cramps, including heart palpitations

• Tight muscles

• Muscle and joint stiffness upon waking or after sitting in one place for an extended period of time

• Muscle aches and tenderness in the face, particularly the jaw

• Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

• Poor recovery after exercise, or avoiding exercise altogether due to pain

• Muscle weakness in the arms or legs

Energy-Related Fibromyalgia Symptoms

• Moderate to severely debilitating fatigue

• Complete lack of energy, feeling “wiped out” most of the time

• Insomnia due to constant pain at night

• Feeling exhausted, even after a decent night’s sleep

• Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar levels

Mental Concentration Fibromyalgia Symptoms

• Brain fog, often referred to as “fibro fog”

• Difficulty remembering simple things

• Difficulty concentrating

• Difficulty with mental math or other simple mental tasks; “can’t think”

• Short or long-term memory loss

• Inability to multi-task

• Attention deficit disorder

• OCD

Gastro-intestinal Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

• Irritable Bowel Syndrome

• Abdominal pain

• Bloating

• Nausea

• Alternating between diarrhea and constipation

• GERDS

• Leaky Gut Syndrome

• Candida

Neurological Symptoms Related to Fibromyalgia

• Numbness or tingling sensations in the face, hands, feet, arms, or legs

• Feeling as if the hands of feet are swelling, but without evidence of edema

• High sensitivity of any of the following: bright lights, noise, cold temperature, certain odors, or foods

• Urinary urgency-feeling as if the bladder constantly needs to be emptied

• Migraine headaches

• Tension headaches

Psychological Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

• Anxiety and panic

• Chronic clinical depression

• Post-traumatic stress disorder

Hormonal-Endocrine Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

• Adrenal gland dysfunction

• Pituitary gland dysfunction

• Thyroid gland dysfunction

• Low insulin levels

• Growth hormone dysfunction in some cases

Sources:

http://www.progressivehealth.com/what-are-the-symptoms-of-fibromyalgia.htm

Web MD.com, “Symptoms of Fibromyalgia”

Deb Lundquist
 

After 18 years of living with this as a roommate, I feel I know Fibromyalgia well. Now, it is my passion to help people with Fibromyalgia and chronic pain take back control of their lives.