According to prevention.com, there are 20 million people worldwide who suffer from fibromyalgia and many more who may be experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed.
Here are 11 of the most common symptoms associated with fibromyalgia:
The number one symptom is global pain. Fibromyalgia is a disorder that affects the central nervous system and this manifests as acute pain, mainly in the arms, legs and torso but the pain can be felt over the entire body and deep into the muscles and joints.
Being in so much pain usually means that it’s difficult to get to sleep at night and that sleep is disturbed due to the pain. Because of this, fibromyalgia patients often experience extreme exhaustion and fatigue.
3. Acute sensitivity
Fibromyalgia patients are often acutely sensitive to light, touch, heat, cold, and sound and may find these much more painful to bear than non-sufferers.
It will come as no surprise that if you’re in constant pain and feeling exhausted all the time, then you are more likely to suffer from depression and mood swings.
5. Changes to skin appearance
Fibromyalgia patients often report swelling of the skin, red or blueish blotches, hives and other skin complaints.
6. Brain fog
This is a very common symptom for fibromyalgia patients. Brain fog is when you find it extremely difficult to concentrate, remember things, retain information and even find the right words in a conversation. Brain fog severity is usually linked to the severity of pain suffered.
Fatigue and lack of sleep can often lead to debilitating headaches. Between 50 percent and 70 percent of fibromyalgia patients report experiencing frequent migraines.
8. Issues with balance
Many fibromyalgia patients say they often feel dizzy, as though they are going to fall or lose their balance. They may also experience difficulty walking.
9. GI problems
Problems with diarrhea, constipation, stomach ache, excess gas, bloating, feeling sick, and acid reflux are all very common symptoms in fibromyalgia patients.
10. Stiff joints
Stiff joints, particularly when getting out of bed in the morning is also a common sign of fibromyalgia.
11. Excess sweating
Excess sweating or sweating in unusual parts of the body can also be a sign or symptom of fibromyalgia.
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