Fibromyalgia Information

It is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body. As well as widespread pain, the other most common symptoms people may experience are:
  • increased sensitivity to pain 
  • fatigue (extreme tiredness) 
  • muscle stiffness 
  • difficulty sleeping 
  • problems with mental processes (known as "fibro-fog") – such as problems with memory and concentration 
  • headaches 
  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – a digestive condition that causes stomach pain and bloating. 

The exact cause is unknown, but it's thought to be related to abnormal levels of certain chemicals in the brain and changes in the way the central nervous system processes pain messages around the body. It is also thought some are more likely to develop it because of their genes. In many cases, the condition can be triggered by physical or emotional factors such as:
  • an injury or infection 
  • having an operation 
  • the breakdown of a relationship 

Women are more likely to be affected than men and it can affect all ages although it is more likely in those from their 20s and up. It's estimated as many as 1 in 20 suffer from it. There is no specific test to confirm the condition and the symptoms are very similar to other conditions. It is not fatal or degenerative, however as you age the 'normal' effects of old age may make the symptoms increasingly worse.
There is no cure but some things can help.
  1. medication – such as antidepressants and painkillers 
  2. talking therapies 
  3. lifestyle changes 
Symptoms

I will add to this as and when I come across more symptoms. There are a lot overall that can affect everyone differently. This does not mean you will suffer from every single one! These are mainly what I suffer from. I also don't know how 'true' the less common symptoms are.

Most common
  • Increased sensitivity to pain 
  • Fatigue (extreme tiredness) 
  • Muscle stiffness 
  • Difficulty sleeping and poor sleep quality 
  • Problems with mental processes (known as "fibro-fog") – such as problems with memory and concentration 
  • Headaches and Migraines 
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – a digestive condition that causes stomach pain and bloating 
  • Dizziness and clumsiness 
  • Feeling too hot or too cold –not able to regulate your body temperature properly 
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Tingling, numbness, prickling or burning sensations in your hands and feet, pins and needles.
  • In women, unusually painful periods 
  • Anxiety and or depression 
  • Prolonged muscle spasms, 
  • Weakness in the limbs 
  • Nerve pain 
  • Muscle twitching 
  • Tender points
Less Common 

  • Light-headedness - feeling spaced out 
  • Difficulty making decisions 
  • Slowed and/or slurred speech Stuttering; stammering 
  • Bump into things frequently 
  • Dizziness when you turn your head or move 
  • Dry mouth 
  • Grinding/clenching teeth 
  • Joint swelling 
  • Writing causes pain in hand, arm shoulder 
  • Lower tolerance for Chemicals (alcohol, medication) 
  • Food sensitivities (lactose, wheat) 
  • Itchy skin 
  • Abnormal or other changes in sweating 
  • Weight changes (usually gain) 
  • Frequent urination 
  • Irritability; over-reaction 
  • Sore spot on the top of your head 

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