Our body is designed to help us, and to be the shell by which we accomplish great and mighty feats. When our body begins to malfunction in some capacity we quickly find ourselves unable to function and operate on a normal basis. It is almost like we do not know what to do when our body malfunctions, we go into survivor mode and find ourselves flabbergasted at how our body could betray us like this.
Recently I have been struggling with a severe cold and the symptoms mixed with being pregnant with twins have about pushed me over the edge both physically, emotionally and mentally. During this fight with my cold and other miserable pregnancy symptoms I began to start having body wide pain similar to those described by a fibromyalgia patient. The pain and symptoms of fibromyalgia is most commonly felt in the soft tissue, muscle, tendons and joints. Soft tissue is located in several spots on the body such as: the elbow, neck, back, knees, shins, hips and shoulders. The pain is often felt the most at night and the individual suffering from the pain often struggles to find time to sleep and once he or she finally falls asleep the night is often interrupted from the pain and the fibromyalgia patient wakes up stiff, uncomfortable and just plain miserable the next day. The painful spots on the body are referred to as tender spots and are felt in the various locations we have already mentioned. The pain will start in a location such as the knee and then spread out to include the whole leg.
The pain or feelings that correspond with fibromyalgia have been described as a:
- Deep Ache
- Shooting Pain
- Burning Pain
- Painful Joints
- Numbness And Tingling in the hands and feet
The painful sensations mentioned are felt in areas of the body where soft tissue exists and soft tissues exist in eighteen different places on the body. And though I am only feeling pain in about four out of the eighteen spots I cannot help but wonder why my body is doing such odd and peculiar things during this pregnancy. My body is supposed to help support these growing babies not cause further complications such as the ones common with fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia Complications Looked At Closely
Interrupted sleep is by far the most common complication of fibromyalgia however there are several other life complications that come with this condition that could cause the body to malfunction on many differing levels.
Fibro fog is the term used when fibromyalgia disrupts an individual’s ability to think clearly. Fibromyalgia can affect a person’s ability to concentrate and with his or her short term memory. This type of memory loss is an issue for some fibromyalgia sufferers and causes complications with one’s work and personal life.
Migraine headaches can be debilitating and only add to the limitations and the frustration that comes with fibromyalgia. A migraine headache if felt on a reoccurring basis is known as a neurological condition and can cause and create chemical changes in the body that produce further symptoms. As a migraine develops the blood vessels in the brain begin to expand and their expansion causes harmful chemicals to be released into the brain which in return causes the brains arteries to come under attack. The brains arteries only line of defense is to release symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, constipation, blurred vision and diarrhea.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder that causes pain to be felt in the abdominal area. Irritable bowel syndrome causes changes in bowel movements while producing other symptoms that are hard to manage. The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can range from mild to severe; the symptoms differ from patient to patient. The most common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome would include:
- Abdominal Pain
- Feeling Of Being Full
These symptoms must be present and have had duration for a minimum of at least three months. When a bowel movement is had the pain can lessen but that does not mean that the pain will not come back. Individuals with irritable bowel syndrome constantly battle with constipation and diarrhea and a loss of appetite.
- Diarrhea – frequent, loose, watery stools. Those dealing with fibromyalgia often have the need for multiple bowel movements that can be difficult to control.
- Constipation – is the opposite of diarrhea. An individual suffering from constipation struggles with having a bowel movement. Those suffering with constipation feel cramping when trying to pass a bowel movement only able to pass small amounts at a time.