Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized
by fatigue and widespread pain in your muscles,
ligaments and tendons. Previously, the condition was
known by other names such as fibrositis, chronic
muscle pain syndrome, psychogenic rheumatism and
tension myalgias. You hurt all over and you frequently feel
exhausted. Even after numerous tests, your doctor
can't seem to find anything specifically wrong with
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS
Most people with
fibromyalgia say they have several, if not all, of the following
symptoms. They are specific tender points that are painful.
Pain and flu-like
overall body aches that change intensity (sometimes severe, other times
moderate). One aspect of fibromyalgia is that the worst pain can be in
your lower back one day and in your neck the next day, and maybe your
upper back the following day. Frequently what happens is you suffer a
combination of medical problems. You never know when or where the pain
will be next.
Morning muscle stiffness that is common for people with fibromyalgia.
Many people with fibromyalgia say that the severe muscle stiffness and achiness is at its worst in the morning. Movements when you get up in
the morning or after sitting for a long period look torturous and stiff
to onlookers. The stiffness may diminish as you move about but it
usually doesn't go away completely.
Extreme fatigue or
constant exhaustion that occur day after day, even when you haven't done
anything. Few people find themselves able to get a satisfactory night's
sleep. Many people suffer from bone-numbing exhaustion that goes well
beyond simple tiredness. Fibromyalgia pain often serves as the cause for
insomnia. It becomes a vicious cycle - lack of sleep makes you feel
Frequent or constant
diagnosed with fibromyalgia (especially a parent or a sibling).
Recent physical trauma
(for example a car crash or a hard fall).
Mental malaise and
confusion, often referred to as fibro fog. Included also would be
difficulty concentrating, forgetfulness, and or attention difficulties.