The overwhelming majority of reported sufferers are women, making up roughly 85% of the total. This disorder consists of chronic pain in the muscles, tendons ligaments and other soft tissues.
These physical pains are frequently coupled with trouble sleeping and difficulty with concentration. Based on this combination of discomfort and mental stress, performing even the simplest of daily tasks can be extremely painful and sometimes impossible, leaving sufferers incapacitated with little energy.
Signs You Might Have Fibromyalgia
The symptoms are numerous and are frequently misdiagnosed. Often, only experiencing one of the issues listed below does not necessarily equate to the presence of Fibromyalgia, however if you suffer from multiple symptoms, it is quite possible this disorder may be the underlying reason.
Limited Range of Motion
Pains when attempting to perform certain tasks relating to range of motion are often found in both arthritis sufferers as well as those affected by Fibromyalgia.
Difficulty recalling simple information, often referred to as “Fibro Fog”, is a frequent symptom sufferers have experienced.
Sporadic, involuntary muscle spasms or “twitches” have been noted as common symptom.
Numbness or Tingling
The “pins & needles” feeling associated with extremities is often found in patients suffering from both Fibromyalgia and arthritis.
Experiencing headaches alone may not necessarily be related to Fibromyalgia, however when found in conjunction with other related symptoms, it could prove to be a specific factor.
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When Fibromyalgia is present, often the joints, limbs and extremities will become swollen.
Due to the constant pain found in the various joints, deep, comfortable sleep is often difficult to achieve from both Fibromyalgia and arthritis sufferers.
A by product of restless sleep, fatigue carries over into the waking hours, resulting in limited energy for physical tasks or mental concentration.
A sore jaw, often mimicking a toothache with no related cause has been noted in certain sufferers.
Although found in other conditions, when frequent urination is prevalent with a variety of other symptoms, Fibromyalgia may be the cause.
Sporadic bouts of nausea unrelated to any other diagnosed condition, when noted in conjunction with other Fibromyalgia symptoms.
Extreme Sensitivity to Light
Many sufferers have commented on their sudden sensitivity to light that otherwise did not pose any issues.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Again, incidents of IBS, when found alongside other noted symptoms, could be contributed to Fibromyalgia.
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Treatments For Fibromyalgia
A combination of multiple types of treatments methods may utilized including:
Manipulation of the spine is able to alleviate your chronic pain, loosening tight muscles, reducing spasms and keeping nerves in proper functioning order.
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Although no specific diet has been related to improvement of Fibromyalgia, maintaining a food journal has been helpful with the identification of specific pain triggers.
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Lifestyle Change Direction
Your doctor may advise a variety of dietary and exercise regimens in order to help strengthen your body, eliminating pain associated with fibromyalgia.
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If you have specific questions regarding Fibromyalgia and available treatment options that aren’t answered here, Ask The Doctor by completing the form to the right. One of our staff will contact you as soon as possible.