Currently, Fibromyalgia is not well understood in the medical community. Some doctors believe in this diagnosis and are willing to treat patients who have it, while others refused to acknowledge it’s presence. To give you an example, my GP told me that he did not believe in the Fibromyalgia diagnosis but if he did, I had classic symptoms. He then refused to treat me for it even though I had “classic” symptoms. It is known, that certain people are more prone to developing Fibromyalgia than others. Fibromyalgia is brought on by a major stress in ones life.
Because there are so many different symptoms of Fibromyalgia, diagnosis is sometimes difficult… while it should be so easy. Especially if it’s all there. Sometimes the obvious is overlooked. When it comes to Fibromyalgia, you need to be your own advocate. If you are convinced that this is what your problem is, you may have to find a doctor who believes you.
Fibromyalgia means widespread pain in the muscles. This condition has so many different side effects that it is often misdiagnosed. Since there are currently no lab tests to diagnose Fibromyalgia, often times a person is labeled a hypochondriac. This can be as frustrating as the condition itself. Fibromyalgia symptoms may intensify depending on the time of day. Symptoms may also get worse due to fatigue, inactivity, changes in weather, cold or drafty locations, tension, overexertion, hormonal fluctuations, stress or depression. Symptoms are fickle in that they can go on indefinitely or disappear for months and then reappear.
Not all these symptoms apply to everyone, but there is most always a combination of several. Symptoms of Fibromyalgia include, but are not limited to the following:
- Widespread pain.
- Chronic muscle pain, muscle spasms or tightness of the muscles.
- Morning stiffness.
- Moderate to severe fatigue and decreased energy levels.
- Insomnia or waking up not feeling rested.
- Disturbance of sleep cycles.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome – abdominal pain, bloating, nausea and constipation alternating with diarrhea.
- Difficulty remembering, concentrating, multi-tasking and performing simple mental tasks. This is known as Fibro Fog.
- Tension or migraine headaches
- Sensitivity to odors, noise, bright lights, medications, certain foods and cold.
- Reduced ability for exercise with severe muscle pain after exercise.
- Numbness or tingling in the face, arms, hands, legs or feet.
- Sensation of swelling in hands and feet when no swelling is occurring.
- Weight gain.
- Balance problems.
- Itchy and burning skin sensations. Sunburn feeling on skin.
- Pain all over.