A chronic syndrome that leads to widespread musculoskeletal pain, crippling fatigue with stiffed and achy muscles, is referred to as fibromyalgia. The symptoms usually differ from person to person and unlikely that these will vanish away completely. After osteoarthritis, it is the most prominent musculoskeletal condition that may lead to depression or social isolation.Symptoms of fibromyalgia can get intensified at a particular time of the day, could be morning or late afternoon or even worsen at evening times. The symptoms intensify with stress, inactivity, weather changes, especially cold climates, hormonal fluctuations (during periods or menopause), overexertion, depression or any other emotional pressure.
Major Symptoms Of Fibromyalgia
The pain is felt throughout the body, particularly in areas of neck and back. Pain remains there for continuous periods with being a little better or worse at specific times. Pain is more like a constant dull ache or sharp stabbing or a burning sensation.
Hypersensitivity To Pain
The individual becomes too sensitive to pain, in the entire regions of the body (hyperalgesia) and even the slightest touch may become painful (allodynia) that continues for longer durations than under normal circumstances. One even becomes more receptive to certain foods, smoke or bright lights. On getting exposed to the agents that sensitize one, the other fibromyalgia symptoms may also aggravate.
Fibromyalgia makes one feel stiff and the stiffness appears more severe after being in one position for long period like waking up in the morning. It also causes muscle spasms (muscle contracts tightly and painfully) that affects the sound sleep.
Extreme tiredness is observed in those having fibromyalgia that may range from being mild tiredness to complete exhaustion as happens during flu. One may continue to feel tired and drained out to perform even little activities of the day. One may feel as much exhausted in the morning as before going to sleep, even after having long periods of sleep throughout the night.
Fibromyalgia often disrupts the sleep and one usually has a non restorative sleep that prevents deep sleep, essential to feel fresh after period of rest. One feel tired, no matter how long the person might have slept. Sleep gets disturbed by intense pain, stiffed movements or due to sleep disorders like sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome that may even worsen the condition.
Cognitive issues (‘fibro-fog’)
People may experience various cognitive problems (related to mental health) like trouble in learning or remembering new things, difficulties in concentrating or focusing, and much slower or un-coordinated speech. Fibromyalgia individuals may find it tedious to perform simple mental tasks termed as fibro-fog (unclear as during fog).
Pain and stiffness of shoulders and neck may also lead to repetitive headaches that can range from being mild ones to severe migraines and may be associated with symptoms of nausea.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Those with fibromyalgia may develop irritable bowel syndrome causing stomach pain or bloating. It may also lead to bouts of diarrhea and constipation.
The less commonly observed symptoms of fibromyalgia includes inability to regulate the body temperature feeling either too cold or hot, numbness, tingling or prickling sensation in feet and hands or having perception of certain noise in one or both ears, coming from somewhere within the body (tinnitus).
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