If you know someone with fybromyalgia, you may know a little bit of what they experience on a daily basis. Many people with this disorder have a multitude of symptoms but perhaps the most predominant one is that of wide-spread pain. This pain can be un-ending. Many fybromyalgia patients describe their symptoms as flu-like that never go away. With fybromyalgia, you have trouble sleeping and wake up stiff and achy. Your symptoms can be debilitating and you probably feel as though you have to push yourself to get anything done.
TOP TEN SYMPTONS OF FYBROMYALGIA
Here are the top ten symptoms:
- Pain all over
- Sleep difficulties
- Brain fog
- Morning stiffness
- Muscle knots, cramping, weakness
- Digestive disorders
- Balance problems
- Itchy/burning skin
OTHER FACTORS THAT MAKE IT WORSE
Certain aggravating factors can make your symptoms come and go, or change without reason. Weather (especially cold climates and changes in barometric pressure), cold or drafty environments, hormonal fluctuations (premenstrual and menopausal states), poor quality sleep, stress, depression, anxiety, and over-exertion can all contribute to fibromyalgia symptom flare-ups. Even other medical conditions like a pinched nerve can cause an increase in fybromyalgia symptoms.
Fibromyalgia patients are often sensitive to odors, loud noises, bright lights, some foods, and prescription medications. You may also experience:
- chest pain unrelated to the heart
- shortness of breath
- nasal congestion
- painful periods
- irritable bladder/interstitial cystitis
- profuse sweating
- tingling/numbness sensations
- chemical sensitivities
- vulvodynia (vulvar pain)
- difficulty focusing eyes
- the feeling of swollen extremities
- dry/burning eyes and mouth
Those who suffer from fybromyalgia report many symptoms that are sensory-related. Here are some of the other sensory-related symptoms.
- numbness and tingling sensations in your extremities
- swelling sensations; feeling as though one’s limbs are made out of gelatin
- burning skin, like a bad sunburn, despite no redness or visible rash
- sensitivity to loud sounds
- odors bother you much more than they do everyone else
- bright lights bother you, maybe even contributing to a headache
- dry, burning eyes; sometimes they hurt so badly, they burn, but your doctor can’t find anything wrong with them and has ruled out medication side effects
- sensitivity to tastes
In fact, with fybromyalgia, there may be an alteration in the way the brain processes all sensory-related input, not just pain. And just as the pain signals are amplified in fibromyalgia, so are all of the other sensory inputs for touch, sight, sound, and smell. This would mean that whatever is causing the pain to be amplified is also linked to the magnification of the other sensory symptoms, and a research report points to this connection. This study indicates that the pain levels of fibromyalgia are directly tied to these other annoying sensory symptoms.
The symptoms of fybromyalgia are varied and many. Doctors and researchers continue to discover possible causes for this syndrome and available treatment options. As knowledge grows in this area, it may not be long before doctors can isolate and control the underlying factors that cause fybromyalgia in the first place.