The Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Besides pain and fatigue fibromyalgia symptoms often include –

  • Unrefreshing sleep - waking up tired and stiff.
  • Headaches - ranging from ordinary types to migraine.
  • Irritable Bowel - alternating diarrhoea and constipation, sometimes accompanied by gas in the abdomen or nausea.
  • Cognitive Disturbances - a lack of concentration, temporary memory impairment and word mix up.
  • Clumsiness and Dizziness.
  • Sensitivity to change - including weather, noise, bright lights, smoke and other environmental factors.
  • Allergies

The Characteristics of Fibromyalgia

  • Seen in about 2% of the population.
  • Mild to incapacitating,  no two people are the same.
  • Pain changes location.
  • Affects women more than men in the ratio: 9 to 1.
  • Variable chronic symptoms.
  • Onset of symptoms can be at any age, but mainly from 20-60 years of age.

How Common is Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia syndrome is a common illness. In fact, it is as common as rheumatoid arthritis and can be more painful. People with mild to moderate cases of fibromyalgia syndrome are usually able to live a near normal life, given the appropriate treatment. If a person’s symptoms are more severe they may find that they have to greatly modify their typical day, or find themselves not being able to hold on to a job or enjoy much of a social life.

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