The fibromyalgia signs are complex. If you have just one fibromyalgia symptom, it does not confirm that you suffer from Fibromyalgia Syndrome. A better indication that you have the condition is if you experience more than one symptom or the over lapping of numerous symptoms. Fibromyalgia Symptoms seem to have no boundaries.
- Fibromyalgia Tender Points
- Wide Spread Pain (Flu Like Symptoms)
- Chronic Fatigue
- Morning Stiffness
- Brain Fog known as Fibrofog
- Restless Sleep Habits
- Depression or Excessive Anxiety
- Irritable Bowl Syndrome
Fibromyalgia Tender Points
There are 18 localized painful spots on the body that are called tender points. When pressure is apply to these spots, mild to severe pain may be felt. All spots do not have the same degree of pain. If 11 of these fibromyalgia tender points produce pain in some degree, the chance of being troubled by Fibromyalgia is great.
Wide Spread Pain
Pain is not confined to the tender points. Often there is widespread pain that resembles flu like symptoms. Many have described this fibromyalgia symptom as a general over-all ache. Sometimes there may be shooting or burning pains in the muscles that are not related to the tender points.
Fibromyalgia chronic fatigue is an intense form of fatigue. Those who suffer from this Fibromyalgia symptom describe the fatigue as one of the most incapacitating. They feel as tired in the morning as they did when they went to bed. Their bodies feel so drained of energy and everything they do is an effort. Of all the traits of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue seems to be the most frustrating because there doesn’t seem to be relief. However, like other symptoms of fibromyalgia, it can come and go. The fatigue may last for only a few days or it can last for months.
Many patients suffer with the most pain in the morning along with morning stiffness. The temptation to remain in bed is great but unwise. The morning stiffness decreased if you get up and move. Moderate morning exercise can be helpful. The pain often subsides as you get up move about.
Fibro Brain Fog or Fibrofog
Fibro Brain Fog or Fibrofog is just a nice way of saying, “I can’t remember a darn thing.” It also can last a few days or a few months. A person with Fibrofog feels like there is a fog or haze around their brain and they have difficulty concentrating or retaining new information.
Other fibro brain fog symptoms may include: short term memory loss, difficulty remembering plans, transposing letters and numbers, and difficulty finding just the right word in a conversation. This fibromyalgia symptom has been especially bothersome to me.
Falling asleep and staying a sleep is a problem for those with fibromyalgia. Not being able to say asleep long enough to reach a deep sleep can leave one exhausted in the morning… which also leads to day time fatigue. This problem does not seem to be identified with a specific sleep-disorder but it seems to be a common fibromyalgia symptom.
Depression or Excessive Anxiety
Depression and Anxiety are among the fibro symptoms many complain about. It’s one of the those confusing symptoms. Is one depressed because they have fibro or does fibromyalgia increase the probability of depression and anxiety? Anyway, it’s on the standard fibromyalgia symptom checklist as being a common trait.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be painful but it does not damage the colon or other parts of the digestive system. Fibromyalgia seems to aggravate the digestive system and one can suffer with cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea and/ or constipation. It’s another one of those fibromyalgia signs that seem quite common.
Fibromyalgia signs can go on and on but the above fibromyalgia symptom checklist include the common symptoms for the syndrome. Strangely, symptoms of fibromyalgia vary from person to person. While one person may experience many of the common symptoms, others will experience only a few of the standard indicators and many of the uncommon Fibromyalgia signs.
However, the one fibromalgia symptom that remains a constant are the fibromyalgia tender points. It seems to be the first fibromyalgia sign to appear.
P.S. Living life with fibromyalgia can be mastered!