By David Wolfe.
Fibromyalgia is a common chronic disease characterized by extensive pain, among other things. It can cause significant pain and fatigue that affect a person’s ability to perform their daily activities. While the causes of fibromyalgia are unknown, it is estimated that it affects 5 million Americans over the age of 18 or older.
Research has shown that fibromyalgia patients typically see several different doctors before they receive their diagnosis. The symptoms of fibromyalgia often cause other health problems that can make diagnosis difficult. Understanding the symptoms can help a patient to recognize his diagnosis more quickly so he can find a way to manage his pain.
Here are eight signs of fibromyalgia that you should never ignore:
1. Body stiffness
The majority of patients suffering from fibromyalgia experience body stiffness. This usually happens in the morning. The stiff feeling is similar to those who suffer from arthritis. It can fade within 10-15 minutes, or it can take most of the day.
2. Abnormal digestion
Symptoms of fibromyalgia can include constipation, diarrhea and flatulence. About 40-70% of patients with fibromyalgia have symptoms similar to irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux and GERD.
3. Deafness, swelling or tingling
Many fibromyalgia patients experience a sensation of needles. This often happens in the arms, feet, hands and legs – a condition known as paraesthesia. For some patients, these sensations may only take a few minutes. For other patients, the sensations can take much longer.
4. head to toe pain
About 97% of patients with fibromyalgia suffer from pain throughout the body. Fibromyalgia pain is often described as “deep, sharp, throbbing or painful”. This type of pain is often constant and does not respond to over-the-counter painkillers.
5. Finger cramps and toe spasms
Arterial spasms of the hands or toes is a fairly common symptom of fibromyalgia. It can result from exposure to cold or stress. The areas that are affected will develop a blue or light tint. Arterial spasms are also accompanied by pain.
6. Poor quality of sleep
Fibromyalgia can make it difficult for a patient to get a good night’s sleep. Studies have shown irregular brain activity in fibromyalgia patients during rest. This irregular brain activity combined with pain or stiffness can lead to poor sleep.
7. Fibromyalgia Mist
Fibromyalgia patients can experience a brain fog. Concentration problems and short-term memory difficulties can be symptoms of fibromyalgia. General feelings of confusion, forgetfulness and lack of mental clarity can also occur.
8. Sensitivity to temperature
Patients with fibromyalgia often have difficulty adjusting their body temperature. You can feel extreme heat or extreme cold if the temperature has not changed drastically.