Fibromyalgia symptoms tend to vary from person to person. There are also a large number of symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. Sufferers are often misdiagnosed, but the various examination methodologies have greatly improved in recent years.
A number of factors may dictate how and when the symptoms of fibromyalgia present. Some sufferers tend to feel worse when stressed, whereas others may suffer more severe symptoms due to changes in the weather. Your activity level will also impact the frequency and severity of fibromyalgia symptoms.
Widespread pain is the most common symptom associated with fibromyalgia. The pain may present throughout the body, with specific areas such as the back or neck experiencing increased pain levels. Pain symptoms from fibromyalgia are typically continuous. Different people experience different types of pain, which may include:
- Painful aches
- Burning sensation
- Stabbing or sharp pain
- Sensitivity pains
Sensitivity pains from fibromyalgia can occur due to things that would not normally cause pain, such as slight touch or bright lights. Injuries that are generally painful but fade with time may present pain symptoms for longer.
If you experience stiffness in the mornings or after you have been at rest for a relatively short period of time, you may be suffering from fibromyalgia. However, the stiffness is typically more severe when you have been sedentary for a long period of time. Some sufferers experience muscle spasms, which feel like the muscle is contracting painfully.
Tiredness & Sleep Quality
You may begin to feel tired even after a good night’s sleep. The level of fatigue can range from feeling slightly tired to not being able to lift your head off the pillow. These symptoms can present suddenly and completely zap your energy. Sleep quality is often severely impacted by fibromyalgia; from waking up tired to struggling to sleep at all.
The term ‘fibro-fog’ covers a number of cognitive symptoms of fibromyalgia. You may become forgetful or have issues learning new information. Attention span and the ability to concentrate may also suffer if you have fibromyalgia. Headaches are another symptom that falls under the umbrella of fibro-fog.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
There is a chance that you may develop irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as a secondary condition when you have fibromyalgia. Symptoms of IBS include pain and bloating in the stomach, constipation and diarrhea.
If you suspect your doctor has diagnosed you with fibromyalgia, seek legal advice from Stephen H. Hagler LLC. You may be eligible for Social Security Benefits if you can’t work due to your symptoms.
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