Symptoms of Fibromyalgia/the mysterious syndrome
According to the Cleveland Clinic, “fibromyalgia is a syndrome rather than a disease. A syndrome is a collection of signs, symptoms, and medical problems that tend to occur together but are not related to a specific, identifiable cause”.
Fibromyalgia is not a life-threatening illness by itself, but those who have fibromyalgia almost always have autoimmune disease symptoms coexisting with fibromyalgia. Whatever the reason may be, those who suffer from fibromyalgia seem to have suppressed immune systems….making them susceptible to infections, contagions and other health risks that the average person might easily fight off.
Fibromyalgia pain is widespread, and can affect all areas of the body throughout the day at various times. Often it will seem to stay isolated in certain areas for weeks at a time and many days it will affect one part of your body for now, and a completely different part an hour later….and so on and on throughout the day. It causes cognitive problems commonly referred to as “fibro fog” or fuzzy thinking that seems to be worse when there is more pain and exhaustion involved ….it can even appear at a certain given time each day.
The depth of pain, exhaustion, fibro fog etc. is definitely affected by such things as stress (good or bad), poor sleep habits, over-exertion, allergy, dietary choices, weather changes, to name a few. At times, it can cause a period of memory problems so troublesome that some people have actually been misdiagnosed as having Alzheimer’s. Fortunately, just as flare-ups come and go, so do these problems.
Fibromyalgia can cause various forms of sleep problems such as non-restorative sleep (feeling worse upon awakening than before going to sleep), sleep apnea, daytime sleepiness etc. There is also a very deep sense of exhaustion comparable to the fatigue described in CFS.
There is usually pain in the neck and shoulders areas, and also in the hips. It is not unusual to plagued by tendinitis and bursitis pain off and on.
Some people experience neuropathy in the feet, legs, arms or face. This can feel like a numbness, tingling, vibrating or burning feeling.
Though fibromyalgia is not supposed to be a progressive illness, there seem to be different levels of pain experienced by different people…..some just experience bouts of stiffness with some muscle ache and fatigue, whereas others experience a debilitating fatigue and continuous severe muscle pain throughout their bodies. It is also not unusual for fibromyalgia symptoms to become greatly magnified by physical changes in the body such as the hormonal changes that accompany menopause.
Below, you will find a list of additional fibromyalgia symptoms often experienced by those who have fibromyalgia, but never, never, take them for granted….especially if they are new symptoms. Fibromyalgia can mimic many serious illnesses, so new symptoms should be brought to your doctor’s attention.
-falling asleep during daytime activities
-increase in headaches (especially if a different kind)
-short term memory problems
-often using wrong words
-hands feel swelled (but they aren’t)
-severe itching (sometimes over whole body)
-sensitivity to light
-mild butterfly rash on the face (of the lupus type)
-abnormal hormone levels (treated effectively with diet/exercise)
-sensitivity to smells
-sensitivity to temperature
-ringing in the ears
-knee and leg pain
-repeated yeast infections
-sensitivity to noise
-sudden unexplainable irritability
If there are any associated illnesses, you may find a lessening in fibromyalgia symptoms by simply taking care of these problems. Illnesses often associated with fibromyalgia are:
-candida (yeast infection)
-carpal tunnel syndrome
-Epstein Barr syndrome
-irritable bladder syndrome
-paresthesia of the muscles
-restless leg syndrome
Do not use this site to self-diagnose. You may use the information to make your doctor aware of what your symptoms are. Fibromyalgia symptoms may copy the symptoms of a more serious disease.