Fibromyalgia is affecting millions of people all around the world, but mostly the female gender suffers from it (80% of people with this disease). It is difficult to determine which aggravates its condition, but it is commonly manifested with great pain and discomfort. In order to detect it on time you need to know the symptoms of this disease and thus prevent it.
The world Health Organization – WHO recognized fibromyalgia as a disease in 1992, which is characterized by chronic pain and generalized discomfort that can often lead to psychological disturbances.
14 Symptoms of Fibromyalgia That You Need to Know
- Headaches or migraines
These headaches are in fact throbbing migraines at different levels of the skull. Commonly people report that they are being triggered at the forehead or behind the eyes.
- Buzzing and whistling in the ears
This condition is known as tinnitus which is being triggered in the absence of external noises. But, the buzzing and whistling in the ears are repetitive, punctual or irregular. These sounds are sent by the neurological system and aside the ears it can affect other parts of the head like the front, back, and inside.
- Difficulty chewing
As a result of this condition the affected person loses a control of the jaw which makes it difficult to chew properly, or close the mouth or open on the same axis.
- Irritable bowel
This condition is manifested by an irritation of the intestines that hampers the proper food digestion that will lead to issues like diarrhea or constipation.
- Abnormal digestion
This symptom is similar to the irritable bowel syndrome, but it is also manifested by nausea, bloating and flatulence.
- Uncontrollable itching
This uncontrollable itching is mainly on the calves and forearms that will lead to an uncontrollable scratching of the skin that can be even painful.
- Chronic fatigue
Chronic fatigue or asthenia can be a manifestation for many health conditions. But, when it becomes chronic and the cause for its occurrence is not determined, it is most likely that the affected person suffers from fibromyalgia.
- Menstrual pain
Intense menstrual pain during the regular period, but as well as even in other times and the cause for its occurrence is not determined it suggests fibromyalgia.
- Body stiffness
This occurs when the person after staying in one position for more than half an hour cannot move the body or does it with great difficulty as the muscles cannot be easily relaxed.
It is a common symptom when having a cold. The hands stay very cold although the temperatures are not low and they tend to swell in the fingers. As a result of that the motor skills are being impeded.
- Lower limb pain
This pain is commonly triggered when descending or ascending the stairs. The knees are not stable and the lower limbs are being affected by an acute pain.
- Brain fog
People who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia report having a strange sensation of “living in the fog.” This will lead to confusion that can impede the communication abilities of the affected person.
- Sleep disturbance
Due to not enough sleep the affected person experiences an acute fatigue. This sleep disturbance is manifested by repetitive insomnia, hypersomnia or breathing issues like sleep apnea.
- Anxiety and moodiness
Feelings of anxiety, tension, uneasiness, unexplainable and persistent fear are conditions that the affected person experiences. These feelings result in uncontrollable nervousness and stress, leading to mood changes, irritability and even suicidal notions.
Treatment of Fibromyalgia
Once the doctor determines this condition there is an adequate medical treatment for it, but it can be even more alleviated if the affected person uses some of the alternatives to effectively soothe the debilitating symptoms of fibromyalgia.
- Choose a physical exercise that should be approved by your doctor and thus alleviate this condition.
- You can introduce activities that can offer greater relaxation and allow good night sleep like yoga, tai chi or qi gong.
- Meditation is another option that will better the quality of life.
- The pain can be soothed via implementing acupuncture and spa treatments.