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14 Common Symptoms Of Fibromyalgia

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About 15 million people in the United States and about 20 million in the rest of the world are suffering from fibromyalgia, according to a 2011 National Institutes of Health finding. And that figure may be even higher.

Although a precise cause is not known, classic fibromyalgia is a disorder of the central nervous system—in effect, a wiring problem—that may be triggered by trauma or early psychological issues. While environmental factors play a role, there is very likely a genetic component, as well: Up to 28% of children born to a parent with fibromyalgia develop it themselves.

While there are many other possible symptoms of fibromyalgia, let’s start with the most common one: pain. The pain of true, or classic, fibromyalgia is referred to as global pain, which affects the upper and lower extremities on both sides of the body, as well as the torso. It impacts not just one region, or even several regions, of the body—for example, the shoulder, lower back, and pelvis—but is instead experienced all over the body.

Along with global pain, these 13 other common symptoms could be signs that you’re suffering from fibromyalgia:

Deep muscular aches and pains
You may experience deep muscular aches—especially in the most used muscle groups, such as the large muscles of the legs, pelvis, upper shoulders, and arms—along with throbbing, shooting, or stabbing pain.

Burning
You may feel intense burning sensations in these areas, as well.

Exhaustion
You may feel as though your arms and legs are weighed down by concrete blocks, and your body may be so drained of energy that every task requires great effort.

Sleeplessness

insomnia

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You may experience various forms of sleeplessness, such as discomfort or active pain that keeps you awake or wakes you up, the inability to go to sleep, waking up too early and not getting back to sleep, or sleeping and waking up feeling groggy and unrefreshed.

Acute sensitivity to stimuli
You may be extremely sensitive to touch, light, or sound.

Depression
You may experience a sadness with no clear-cut cause, a loss of pleasure in enjoyable activities, anxiety, feelings of guilt and worthlessness, a wish for death, and weight loss or gain due to emotional eating.

Skin changes
You may have swelling, and your skin may become blotchy, shiny, blue, or have itchy red bumps similar to hives.

Abnormal sweating
You may experience abnormal sweating, or sweating in strange areas.

Brain fog
You may also suffer from brain fog, a condition in which you have trouble concentrating, finding words, or retaining new information, with the density of the fog corresponding to the severity of your pain.

Joint stiffness

joint stiffness

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You may perceive stiffness in your joints, especially in the morning.

Headaches
Recurrent tension headaches or migraines are present in 50 to 70% of fibromyalgia sufferers. The symptoms can be severe, can occur one or two times per week, and can be accompanied by a migraine.

Balance issues
You may have trouble balancing, which can affect your walking and increase your chances of falling.

Digestive disorders

digestive issues

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A large percentage of fibromyalgia sufferers have gut issues, such as constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas and bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, acid reflux, or slowed digestion.

Identifying these symptoms, with the help of trained professionals, could be the first step in treatment healing.

My input:  I suffer from Fibromyalgia and I know first hand how it makes you feel.  I also know that finding an amazing doctor truly helps.  Yes, you may have to change your diet etc but it is a small sacrifice to make so you can be pain free.  I literally only take 2 RX and vitamins.  I am not on any hard pain killers and I live a full life.  You can do it!

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