Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia | Symptoms | Tender Points | Causes | Treatment

What are Fibromyalgia Symptoms? 

Fibromyalgia Pain Feels Like this Looks

"What Fibromyalgia Can Feel Like"

Symptoms range all over the map.

Everything thing from muscle pain that can migrate throughout the body to “fibro fog” where cognitive ability and memory is impaired.

The symptoms of fibromyalgia can be triggered by either physical or emotional trauma and in some cases certain infections.

There's so many diverse symptoms relating to FM that doctors don't yet know the exact cause. This makes it acutely difficult to diagnose and why there is still no specific way to test for the condition.

Many of the symptoms are similar or even identical to other afflictions.

Making the first course of action in diagnosing fibromyalgia to rule out other conditions. Unfortunately, this means lots of tests and takes considerable time.

The key fibromyalgia symptom is characterized as widespread pain in all 4 quadrants of the body affecting muscles, joints and tendons.

How to Recognize the Signs:

Here's a list of  15 common signs & symptoms often experienced by individuals suffering from the condition.

  1. aching in many parts of the body
  2. abnormal sleep pattern with non-refreshing sleep
  3. muscle weakness
  4. marked morning stiffness
  5. severe fatigue or exhaustion
  6. increased sensitivity at the known tender points on the body
  7. headaches
  8. stomach pains
  9. diarrhea or constipation
  10. irritable bowel syndrome
  11. painful menstruation
  12. difficulty concentrating
  13. memory loss
  14. feeling of anxiety
  15. depression

Deep muscle aching is a strong indication of fibromyalgia. And strenuous physical activity can make it worse.

The pain can increase and decrease in intensity but never really goes away completely.

Another key symptom is the presence of tender points. These are spots on the body that become very painful even with the slightest amount of pressure.

Sometimes irritating these points can trigger pain in a completely different part of the body.

It takes 11 out of the 18 tender points to test pain positive (touch) to be diagnosed as fibromyalgia. The problem is the trigger points throughout the body can change in pain intensity, one day to the next.

Is there a cure for fibromyalgia?

There is no known cure at yet.

The focus of treatment is to reduce pain and restore range of muscle motion and avoid situations that make the symptoms worse.