by Julie Hambleton,
In America, between three and six million people, or one in every fifty, suffer from Fibromyalgia, a syndrome characterized by debilitating pain experienced all over the body with no obvious cause. Though often people do improve over time, it is often something that they will have to deal with for their entire lives.
If you have chronic muscle pain however, it does not necessarily mean that you have fibromyalgia. If you’re worried that you could have fibromyalgia, it’s important to keep in mind that there are many other symptoms that accompany muscle pain. Take a look at the signs and symptoms below to get a better understanding. (1)
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
If you find your muscles aching on a constant basis with no obvious external causes, have a read through this list of symptoms to help you determine whether you could have fibromyalgia
It is unlikely that all the symptoms will match, but if the majority of them resonate with you, then take your concerns to your doctor who will be able to first rule out all other causes.
Muscle and Body Tissues
Mild to severe pain that may move around to different parts of the body
Tender and lumpy breasts (Fibrocystic breasts, as an overlapping condition)
Muscle twitching even while sleeping
Having the sensation of falling while sleeping (“Sleep Starts”)
Difficulty sleeping/broken sleeping pattern, leaving you feeling tired and lethargic each morning as opposed to refreshed.
Allergy and Sinus Issues
Itchy ears and earaches
Runny nose and post nasal drip
Allergies, sensitivity to molds and yeasts
Shortness of breath
Stomach and Digestion Problems
Bloating, nausea, abdominal cramps, and pelvic pain
Frequent urination (always need to pee, get up every night, often more than once)
Sensory Problems and Sensitivity
Sensitive to smells, light, noise, temperature, pressure, and climate changes.
Difficulty with night driving and seeing in low lighting
Poor coordination and balance
Directional difficulties and recognizing familiar surroundings
Zone out often, difficulty with concentration, short term memory, and differentiating between certain shades of color.
Burning or tingling in the upper limbs
Language impairments and difficulty speaking familiar words
Loss of libido