Do you have fibromyalgia?

The multiplicity and complexity of the symptoms of fibromyalgia, sometimes common to other pathologies, contribute to explain the late recognition of the disease, the difficulty of its diagnosis and the often prolonged hesitations of the patients to go for a consultation. Yet, over time, symptoms and combinations of symptoms emerge as hallmarks of fibromyalgia. A first step towards recognition before the clinical diagnosis of the disease.

Various symptoms

Moreover , all fibromyalgia patients do not experience the same symptoms, some are more handicapped by pain, others by fatigue, some are supported by heavier pharmacological treatments, others try complementary health approaches ( hypnosis, shiatsu, dietary supplements, etc.). Finally, the disease may remain mild, preserving the ability to carry out normal daily activities, or develop into a more severe form that handicaps the patient to the point that he becomes unable to work. However, the most common symptoms are found in the vast majority of patients.

Characteristic symptoms

– Pain generalized musculoskeletal: this pain has been well documented and characterized on several sites of the body, inside the knees, inside the elbows, under the arms, at the level of the hips, the base of the skull, the neck, the lower back, in the shoulder blades, shoulders and sometimes even the hands. Suffering at a majority of these sites can evoke the disease.

– Chronic fatigue that cannot be repaired by sleep and present as soon as you wake up.

– A great muscular weakness, also chronic, which manifests itself during all daily activities. Walking, carrying, lifting, each gesture becomes painful.

– Muscular rigidity: more severe rigidity when the subject remains in the same position for a long period of time, upon waking up in the morning for example and which can go as far as muscle spasm.

– Headaches, from moderate to severe migraine, including at bedtime where the patient struggles to find the right position of the head on the pillow.

– Never restorative sleep: in fibromyalgia patients, fatigue is always there, even after a good night’s sleep, naps are sometimes necessary.

– The “brain or fibrofog”: this is a kind of global cognitive impairment, with a reduction in verbal memory (fluidity), memory recall, memory of work or the ability to use stored data during a task or other mental process.

– Extreme sensitivity, not only to physical pain (hyperalgesia), but also non-painful events.

– Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is widely associated with fibromyalgia, with symptoms of pain, bloating, constipation or diarrhea.

Do not hesitate to consult

Other less common symptoms have also been documented: dizziness, always feeling too hot or too cold, restless leg syndrome, tingling and numbness in the hands and feet, abnormally painful periods, anxiety and depression. In conclusion, if you find your symptoms in such a table, do not hesitate to consult your general practitioner or a specialized health professional.


NHS Fibromyalgia Symptoms

National Institutes of Health (NIH) 2014 Questions and Answers about Fibromyalgia

American Journal of Managed Care 2004 A review of fibromyalgia

Current Gastroenterol Reports 2005 DOI: 10.93/s2014-005-0018 -9 Symptom overlap and comorbidity of irritable bowel syndrome with other conditions

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