6 signs of fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is one of those diseases. It is a disorder of the muscles, joints and fibrous tissues. Back pain with fibromyalgia and weight loss with fibromyalgia. People often describe it as a state of feeling perpetually sick. Fibromyalgia affects around 2 to 8 percent of the world's population and can occur at any age, according to a 2014 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It is more common in women than in men.
Because their symptoms resemble common and everyday diseases that could indicate almost anything, people tend not to see them as a sign of something more serious.
Here are 10 signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia you should know.
1. Persistent generalized body pain
This is one of the main symptoms of fibromyalgia. People with fibromyalgia suffer persistent body pain that stretches around 18 specific parts of the body. These body parts can be sore when touched or lightly pressed on them.
According to a 2007 study published in the Journal of Rheumatology, fibromyalgia patients have chronic widespread pain and report between 11 and 18 sensitive points of the body. Although the intensity of the pain varies from person to person, it is generally described as a throbbing muscle pain.
Persistent fatigue is another key symptom of fibromyalgia and is the second most common.
Fatigue is one of the most common complaints among patients with fibromyalgia, but has received less attention than chronic body pain, according to a 2013 study published in Arthritis Research and Therapy and fibromyalgia and fibromyalgia muscle cramps and chronic fatigue syndrome.
3. Alterations of the dream
People with fibromyalgia have trouble falling asleep, and when they do, they have trouble keeping a deep sleep and wake up feeling powerless and low on energy.
Restless sleep, therefore, is another classic symptom of fibromyalgia, and clinical sleep studies also reveal that patients with fibromyalgia report erratic rhythms characteristic of disturbed sleep, according to a 2015 study published in Nature Reviews Rheumatology.
In patients with fibromyalgia, fibromyalgia and sleep, who endure pain and the combination of unrefreshing sleep, is a Herculean test. On the one hand, pain inhibits sleep and, on the other hand, lack of sleep increases pain.
Headaches are a common symptom that occurs in about half of fibromyalgia patients, according to a 2005 study published in Clinical Rheumatology.
The study indicates that of the 100 patients with fibromyalgia, 76 percent reported that headaches are a frequent symptom, 84 percent reported having severe headaches and 63 percent experienced migraines.
Chronic migraines (acute pain on one side of the head, often accompanied by nausea and aversion to bright lights and loud noises) and chronic tension-type headaches (regular) are common symptoms of fibromyalgia.
5. Depression and anxiety
Patients with fibromyalgia may have difficulty keeping their spirits high. In fact, fibromyalgia patients have a significantly higher risk of getting depressed, and depressed people have a higher risk of developing fibromyalgia, according to a 2015 study published in The Journal of Pain.
Depression in patients with fibromyalgia represents a serious risk of intensifying other symptoms, since a depressed person will have more difficulties to face other struggles. It can seriously ruin a person's mental well-being and make the person feel desperate and as a victim of the disease.
6. Sensory overload
People who suffer from fibromyalgia are often sensitive to cold, noise, bright light and movement. In fact, this complex disorder is linked to multiple chemical sensitivities (which are hypersensitive to certain chemicals and odors) in the therapy of fibromyalgia.
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