Do I Have Fibromyalgai?
The condition of Fibromyalgai is one that can be extremely difficult to diagnose. Many individuals can go months or even years without receiving a proper diagnosis, all the while dealing with symptoms that can wreak havoc on their lives when improperly treated. With millions of people being diagnosed every year, and the idea that many more individuals are under or non-diagnosed with Fibromyalgai it is important for some of the tough questions to be answered. It’s okay for patients to question their doctors and physicians, any person who has experienced ongoing symptoms without a diagnosis or treatment plan can become understandingly frustrated and deserves the highest quality of care possible in order to help reduce their symptoms. Everyone knows that people with conditions or diseases begin to look on the internet and question their diagnosis or try to find new ways to treat their problems. For the person who has been experiencing ongoing symptoms and is questioning if a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia might be possible some of the common symptoms of Fibromyalgai are listed below. Not every Fibromyalgai sufferer will experience every single symptom listed, but the most common symptoms are discussed which can hopefully at least get a patient who is seeking to find the cause of their symptoms to start asking questions and be able to find out if Fibromyalgai might be the cause of their symptoms.
Common Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
- Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain – the main symptom of Fibromyalgai is chronic musculoskeletal pain that has lasted for a period of at least 3 months or longer. This pain is commonly described among Fibromyalgai sufferers as being a deep and muscular pain that can include aching, stabbing, shooting, throbbing or burning sensations.
- Fatigue – the second most complained of symptom of Fibromyalgai usually included extreme fatigue. The fatigue that is associated with the condition of Fibromyalgai can become so intense that it can be disabling to the Fibromyalgai sufferer. Many Fibromyalgai sufferers describe the intense fatigue as leaving them feeling weighted down, completely drained, and without any energy to even complete the simplest tasks of daily life. Another problem that many Fibromyalgia sufferers experience is sleep disturbances which are often caused by a vicious cycle that occurs between the chronic pain and the fatigue. The pain interrupts deep and restful sleep and the lack of deep and restful sleep can exacerbate the pain.
- Morning Stiffness – another symptom that many Fibromyalgia sufferers deal with is morning stiffness in their muscles and joints. In addition to morning stiffness Fibromyalgai sufferers also commonly complain of cramping, weakness, or knots in their muscles. This phenomenon is not completely understood as far as the correlation between the muscles and the condition of Fibromyalgai but it is a highly complained of symptom among those who have been diagnosed with the condition of Fibromyalgia.
- Headaches or Migraines – another common symptom among Fibromyalgai sufferers is that of headaches or migraines. Research has shown that about 50% to 70% of Fibromyalgia sufferers will experience the occurrence of headaches and/or migraines. The thought is that these migraines and headaches are triggers by the tender points which are located in the shoulders, neck, and head muscles in Fibromyalgai sufferers.
- Brain Fog – otherwise known among Fibromyalgai sufferers as “Fibro Fog”. Problems with concentration, retaining of information, or difficulty with overall brain function are other symptoms that many Fibromyalgai sufferers deal with.
- Digestive Disorders – other symptoms that Fibromyalgai sufferers commonly experience are problems with digestive disorders such as abdominal pain, bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, irritable bowel, slowed digestion or nausea. Studies have shown that these symptoms occur in nearly 40% to 70% of Fibromyalgai sufferers.
- Burning or Itching Skin – another symptom that many Fibromyalgai sufferers complain of is burning or itching skin. While the skin may appear to be perfectly normal in regards to all outward appearances the Fibromyalgai sufferer complains of burning or itching which can be described as feeling like sunburn.
- Issues with Balance – lastly another common symptom that many Fibromyalgai sufferers experience are issues with walking problems or balance. Research has shown that this symptom is usually the result of muscle weakness that is caused by the Fibromyalgai.
If a person is experiencing any (or a combination of) these symptoms and has yet to find a diagnosis as to what is causing their symptoms then they should make an appointment to speak with their physician about considering the possibility of a diagnosis of Fibromyalgai. Fibromyalgai is extremely difficult to diagnose, but can be easier with the help of the patient when their symptoms are properly described to the physician so that more detail can be understood and a proper diagnosis of the cause of the symptoms can be made.