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Fibromyalgia is one specific condition characterized by a chronic pain which is increasing with time! The most common localizations of pain include the neck, back, shoulders, pelvic girdle and hands, but any body part can be involved.
The syndrome could be described with several symptoms such as widespread musculoskeletal aches, pain and stiffness, soft tissue tenderness, general fatigue and sleep disturbances. Fibromyalgia patients experience a range of symptoms of varying intensities that wax and wane over time, which means that the condition have periods of remission and periods of exacerbation! It is especially confusing and often misunderstood condition.
Signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia
The fact is that signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia can vary, depending on the:
- physical activity
- even just the time of day
Most common symptoms are:
- Widespread pain
The most common symptom is a specific pain in different areas of body when pressure is applied. Most common areas are the back of head, upper back and neck, upper chest, elbows, hips and knees. Biggest problem is that the pain is generally present for months and is often accompanied by stiffness, which makes it very difficult to handle and find fibromyalgia pain relief.
- Fatigue and sleep disturbances
It is hard to understand but the fact is that people with fibromyalgia often wake up tired and fatigued even though they seem to get plenty of sleep. Although the exact cause is still unknown, some experts suggest that this sleep problem could be the result of a sleep disorder called alpha wave interrupted sleep pattern. This is a condition in which deep sleep is frequently interrupted by peaks of brain activity similar to wakefulness. So people with fibromyalgia miss the deep restorative stage of sleep.
- Nighttime muscle spasms
Specific muscle spasms during the nighttime sleep in patient’s legs may be associated with fibromyalgia, they are known as restless leg syndrome.
- Irritable bowel syndrome
The constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating associated with irritable bowel syndrome are common in people with fibromyalgia.
- Headaches and facial pain
Many people diagnosed with this condition have also complained about migraines, severe headaches and facial pain that may be related to tenderness or stiffness in their neck and shoulders.
- Heightened sensitivity
Sensitive to odors, noises, bright lights and touch are also common symptoms in people with fibromyalgia!
- Other symptoms
There are several other symptoms that could occur although, rarely. Some of those are:
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