Nowadays many people experience issues with fibromyalgia, in fact almost five million people struggle with it. It is manifested by a debilitating pain in the entire body. This musculoskeletal condition causes extreme pain in the soft tissues of the body such as muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
If you are experiencing persistent muscle pain, then you should determine whether you are dealing with fibromyalgia or not. This condition is characterized with specific symptoms that we are about to present below in the text.
Check the symptoms below, and if you have some of them, make sure to pay a visit to a medical expert so that you are prescribed with the most suitable treatment.
43 MOST COMMON FIBROMYALGIA SYMPTOMS:
Body and Muscle Tissues Conditions:
- Muscle Twitching
- Morning stiffness
- Mild to severe pain
- Lumpy and tender breasts (Fibrocystic breasts)
- Irregular Heartbeat
- Experiencing pain like a heart attack
- Valve problems
Sinus and Allergy Problems:
- Shortness of breath
- Post nasal drip and runny nose
- Thick Mucus
- Earaches and itchy ears
- Ringing ears
- Sensitivity to yeasts and molds
Digestion and Stomach Concerns:
- Frequent urination
- Abdominal cramps, nausea, bloating, and pelvic pain
- Short-term memory, concentration issues, zoning out, and not being able to differentiate color shades
- Tingling or burning in the upper limbs
- Language impairments
- Poor balance and coordination
- Issues with recognizing familiar surroundings and direction difficulties
Sensitivity and Sensory Problems:
- Sensitive to light, smells, noise, climate, pressure changes, and temperature
- Problems with vision in low lighting and driving at night
- During sleep having the feeling like falling down
- Muscle twitching while sleeping
- Grinding teeth
- Fatigue and tiredness
- PMS or other menstrual issues
- Loss of libido
Mental Health Difficulties:
- Mood swings and irritability
- Depression, anxiety, and panic attacks
Skin, Hair, and Nails Issues:
- Skin susceptible to bruises and scars
- Hair loss
- Curved nails or overly-ridged nails
- Headaches and migraines
- Eye sight issues
- Sudden weight gain or loss
- Sweet and carbs cravings
Have in mind that these symptoms can be an indication of other diseases as well and because of that this condition is very difficult to determine. Moreover, there are still no specific fibromyalgia tests.
However, the American College of Rheumatology maintains that the following criteria can diagnose fibromyalgia:
- 11/18 tender points, with the pain felt when palpated
- Pain felt in all 4 body quadrants for at least 3 months
- Tests show negative results for other diseases.
Specialists use many other tests that rule out other conditions like thyroid tests, anti-cellular antibody (ANA), MRI, rheumatoid factor, x-rays, complete blood count, and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR).
Here it is what the Mayo Clinic states on improving this condition:
“In general, treatments for fibromyalgia include both medication and self-care. The emphasis is on minimizing symptoms and improving general health. No one treatment works for all symptoms. Self-care is critical in the management of fibromyalgia.
Reduce stress. Develop a plan to avoid or limit overexertion and emotional stress. Allow yourself time each day to relax. Stress management techniques, such as deep-breathing exercises or meditation.
Get enough sleep. Practice good sleep habits, such as going to bed and getting up at the same time each day and limiting daytime napping.
Exercise regularly. At first, exercise may increase your pain. But doing it gradually and regularly often decreases symptoms. Appropriate exercises may include walking, swimming, biking and water aerobics. A physical therapist can help you develop a home exercise program. Stretching, good posture and relaxation exercises also are helpful.
Pace yourself. Keep your activity on an even level. Moderation means not overdoing it on your good days, but likewise, it means not self-limiting or doing too little on the days when symptoms flare.