Fibromyalgia Symptoms – What Fibromyalgia Feels Like
Fibromyalgia means pain all over, but this syndrome causes many other symptoms.1 It leaves you exhausted and unable to think or find the right words (symptoms of fibro fog).2 With fibromyalgia, you have trouble sleeping and wake up stiff and achy.3 Your symptoms can be debilitating and treatment usually requires a skilled physician.4
Tight and knotted muscles are part of your fibromyalgia symptoms. They hurt to touch and radiate pain to other areas.5 These knotted muscles are trigger points, which overlap with the tender points used for diagnosis. A greater number means more fibromyalgia pain.6
If the symptoms of pain, fatigue, sleep disorder and fibro fog were not enough, you probably feel as though you have to push yourself to get anything done.7 Your skin may burn, and your muscles may cramp or twitch. People with fibromyalgia often describe their symptoms as a flu-like infection that doesn’t go away.
Top Ten Fibromyalgia Symptoms
- Pain all over
- Sleep difficulties
- Brain fog
- Morning stiffness
- Muscle knots, cramping, weakness
- Digestive disorders
- Balance problems
- Itchy/burning skin
Common Fibromyalgia Symptoms
The invisible nature of your fibromyalgia may make you feel like a hypochondriac, and lab tests seldom validate your symptoms. Fibromyalgia can be diagnosed by a tender point exam, but it still does not explain all of your symptoms or help with treatment.8
Factors that Aggravate Fibromyalgia
Certain aggravating factors can make your symptoms come and go, or change without reason. This situation can be baffling. Learn what these factors are so that you can work with your doctor on more effective fibromyalgia treatment strategies.
- Affects 3 to 5 percent of the general population9
- Occurs in people of all ages, even children
- Men develop fibromyalgia too, although more women are diagnosed with it
- Symptoms are chronic but may fluctuate throughout the day
- Roughly one-quarter of people with fibromyalgia are work-disabled4
- Three drugs are FDA-approved for fibromyalgia treatment
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