Anyone who suffers from fibromyalgia is familiar with the common symptoms—aches and pains, chronic fatigue, brain fog, etc.—but here are some facts about the disease you may not know. We've put together this list with help from fibromyalgialiving.today and verywell.com.
Fibromyalgia is the most common pain disorder in the U.S.
It's been estimated that more than five million people suffer from fibromyalgia in the states, of which 80 percent are women. However, many of these people don't know it yet. The condition is notoriously difficult to diagnose as the symptoms can mimic many other diseases and many doctors can be dismissive of a patient's symptoms.
Digestive disorders can be a signal of fibromyalgia.
It's estimated that around 70 percent of fibromyalgia patients also suffer from digestive conditions such as IBS, so paying attention to these early warning signs could help you get a faster diagnosis. Changing your diet so you don't consume food or drinks that upset your stomach can help to ease flares.
Fibromyalgia can cause heightened senses.
We know that pain sensitivity in fibromyalgia patients is heightened, but other senses may also be on high alert. You may find yourself very sensitive to sound, smell, and light, and overly sensitive to touch.
Some patients may experience excessive sweating.