What Is Fibromyalgia and Do I Have It?
You can’t think clearly, confusion proves it difficult to describe your symptoms– Fibromyalgia may be the culprit. If you are having trouble sleeping and upon waking it feels as if you have the flu. If you’re tired, exhausted, and your body hurts all over. After pushing yourself, day after day lab tests show no diagnosis, and you feel like a hypochondriac. You might have what 3-5% of the population have– fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia means widespread pain in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Fibromyalgia symptoms differ from one patient to another, with many symptoms being connected. For example, patients who are unable to sleep at night may have severe fatigue during the day, feel depressed, and have difficulty concentrating.
Although muscles hurt throughout the body the pain is intensified by the way the nervous system processes pain. Those who suffer from fibromyalgia may feel as if they have pulled their muscles or have near constant cramps.
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
- Muscle pain, cramping, and weakness
- Difficulty sleeping
- Digestive disorders
- Difficulty concentrating/confusion
- Chronic Headaches
- Itchy or burning skin
Fibromyalgia pain has been described as deep muscular aching, shooting, throbbing, stabbing, or deep burning. Muscles in the head, neck, shoulders and lower back may hurt the worst and feel tight and strained. For most, pain and stiffness are most severe in the mornings.
- Patients with fibromyalgia may feel weak and their limbs heavy. Even the smallest tasks require every bit of effort as energy is drained starting the moment they way up. Fatigue from fibromyalgia can be incapacitating and cause many to be unable to work.
Memory and Concentration
- Similar to brain fog, difficulty in concentrating and retaining information is an everyday hindrance for those with fibromyalgia. This symptom makes it difficult to work and retain a job.
- Many with fibromyalgia find falling and staying asleep at night extremely difficult. The lack of deep refreshing sleep causes them to wake up feeling as though they have a severe case of the flu.
- Digestive issues are found in at least 50 percent of fibromyalgia patients. These symptoms may include constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating, and nausea; the primary symptoms associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
- Another symptom found in at least 50 percent of fibromyalgia patients is chronic headaches or migraines. Many symptoms can be so severe they are debilitating to the patient.
There are some common additional symptoms such as sensitivity to bright lights, irregular heartbeat or palpitations, nasal congestion, dizziness, profuse sweating, acid reflux, and an irritable bladder. Fibromyalgia can occur in people of all ages, and both genders. Symptoms of fibromyalgia are chronic but fluctuate daily and throughout the day. There are treatments available, and FDA approved medications for those who suffer from fibromyalgia.
If you or a family member is suffering from pain and/or has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, perhaps it’s time to schedule an appointment with a board-certified Dallas Texas Rheumatologist today.
Dr. Scott Zashin is a respected Texas Fibromyalgia Doctor/Specialist in Dallas. He is dual board-certified by the American Board of Rheumatology and the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Zashin is the Medical Director of Dallas Rheumatology conveniently located in Dallas, TX. For more information on fibromyalgia, pain relief and getting back to feeling great, call today to schedule a time to meet with Dr. Zashin 214-363-2812.