How Fibromyalgai Affects Individuals
While a Fibromyalgai diagnosis can be considered somewhat vague and difficult to pinpoint the symptoms of Fibromyalgai are not. The symptoms of Fibromyalgai are what the Fibromyalgai sufferer deals with on a daily basis, some days are good, and yet other days are bad. Learning to recognize and deal with each of these symptoms is the only way to be able to live with Fibromyalgai and try to regain as much of a “normal” life as possible. Of course there are many different symptoms that affect Fibromyalgia sufferers, but below are listed what might be considered as the top 10 symptoms of Fibromyalgai.
Top 10 Symptoms
- All Over Pain – The pain associated with Fibromyalgai is commonly described as deep muscular pain that is aching, throbbing, shooting, stabbing or burning in nature. Additionally the pain and severity of the region of that pain can exacerbate the overall symptoms that affect the individual.
- Sleep Issues – Sleep disturbances are the second most commonly complained of symptom in regards to Fibromyalgia. Often times the sleep disturbances are caused by the pain because night time arousals are due to the pain making a person awake multiple times. This waking multiple times prevents the individual from reaching a deep, restorative sleep and thus results in extreme daytime fatigue.
- Fatigue – As noted is caused because of the sleep issues. The fatigue that is felt by Fibromyalgai sufferers can become completely disabling at times. The individual may feel as if their arms and legs are weighted down by heavy objects, and complete draining of energy takes place so that even the responsibilities and tasks of daily life are difficult to accomplish.
- Morning Stiffness – Morning stiffness is a common symptom of Fibromyalgai sufferers. Most individuals wake in the morning with increased muscle stiffness, even though the exact cause of this muscle stiffness isn’t fully understood. Massage and muscle relaxation techniques can help to reduce muscle stiffness.
- Brain Fog – Also referred to as “fibro fog” takes place when trouble concentrating, retaining of information, or difficulty with brain function occurs. This is often thought to be a byproduct of the sleep issues and fatigue, as well as how the pain receptors deal with the amount of pain that is being processed in the brain on a daily basis. Getting enough sleep and rest will help to reduce this symptom.
- Muscle Knots, Weakness, & Cramping – Muscle problems are high on the list of symptoms that Fibromyalgai sufferers deal with on a daily basis. Muscles that are tense or cramping can contribute to muscle weakness. It is important for muscle relaxation to take place as often as possible either through the use of massage or other means to deal with this issue.
- Headaches or Migraines – Another common Fibromyalgia symptom occurs in about 50% to 70% of Fibromyalgai sufferers. The source of these headaches and migraines is thought to be caused from the trigger or tender points which are located in the shoulder, head, neck and head muscles. Ways to deal with these headaches and migraine include the use of massage, chiropractic care, and muscle relaxants to help ease these symptoms.
- Digestive Disorders – Symptoms that commonly occur with Fibromyalgia include constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, acid reflux, slowed digestion, irritable bowel, and even nausea exist in nearly 40%-70% of individuals suffering from Fibromyalgia.
- Itchy or Burning Skin – while the skin of a Fibromyalgai sufferer may appear to be normal, often times Fibromyalgai sufferers complain of burning or itching pain, that is similar in nature to a sunburn.
- Problems with Balance – Walking problems and altered balance are an issue with many Fibromyalgia sufferers because of the muscle weakness and other symptoms that commonly occur.
While not every single symptom is itemized in this list it covers the top symptoms that are associated with Fibromyalgia. Some of the other symptoms that can take place for Fibromyalgai sufferers include sensitivity to odors, noises, and even bright lights. Many of these symptoms can be exacerbated by weather changes, cold or drafty environments, hormonal fluctuations, stress, depression, and even anxiety or over-exertion. It is important that stress management and avoidance of the situations that can exacerbate the symptoms take place whenever possible.