Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is Real : Symptoms

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia symptoms
photo credit : Fibromyalgia National Coalition Butterflies

What kind of symptoms should I look for if I suspect that I have Fibromyalgia?

There are so many symptoms and they can come an go. Look for these and others, especially when they come in multiples.

According to Patient Education Booklet from Mayo Clinic “Fibromyalgia : The Road to Wellness”, symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

  • Widespread pain
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Mood Disorders
  • Difficulty with memory, concentration, or thought organization (sometimes called “Fibro Fog”)
  • Headaches, facial pain
  • Chest wall pain
  • Heightened sensitivity to odors, noises, bright lights and touch.
  • Stiffness
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms and legs
  • Dizziness

One may or may not experience all these symptoms. And some may come and go, even the pain. This makes it difficult to diagnose, along with the fact that there is no blood test or x-ray that can be done to find  the problem. When these test are done, everything comes back normal which is why many doctors are baffled or believe that it is psychosomatic.

Conditions that may accompany fibromyalgia

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Overactive bladder
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders
  • Mood Disorders such as depression or anxiety
  • Restless Leg Syndrome

 

My Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Many of the autoimmune syndromes overlap and all fall under the umbrella of Central Sensitivity Syndrome (CSS) which is my actual diagnosis.

My experience, began with widespread pain that migrated to different parts of my body. It was difficult to sleep because the pain would wake me. Still, I am unable to remain in one position for very long. I, also, experience myofascial pain, sensitivity to odors, noises, tastes and touch.

When I look back on my life, I also see that I have experienced headaches, chest wall pain, and dizziness with no explanation for many years as far back as the 6th grade. Back then, we were told that I was having “growing pains”.

The Fibro-Fog causes me to not be able to concentrate. I become distracted by the pain and not able to think straight. One consistent problem that I have is the misuse of homonyms. It’s a pet peeve of mine, but now I must check and double to be sure I have used the write right words!

Feeling Your Pain;

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Next Topic …The Science of Pain

 

 

SOURCES

Fibromyalgia National Coalition  – Background information

Mayo Clinic – Misconceptions about Fibromyalgia

 

Reminder :  I am a patient, not a doctor. What I am sharing comes largely from what my doctors taught me and some of what is discovered in my own research.

The purpose of this series is to inform. I pray you will be informed enough to support friends with this syndrome or possibly acquire informed questions for your doctor. Please talk with your doctor or visit the Mayo Clinic website for official information, diagnosis, and treatment.


2 thoughts on “Fibromyalgia is Real : Symptoms

  1. Thank you for this, Mandy! I would have to just say “yes” to all of the above. I am so thankful that our God carries us through the days when they are too heavy for us. And thankful that we can pray for each other on this journey. –Blessings to you!

    1. Yes, Bettie, the best thing about sharing my story has been finding others that journey the same path. It is comforting to know that others are on this journey with me and we can hold one another up in prayer and in support. Thanks for dropping by.

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