Signs and Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread pain around the body. The pain stems from a problem in the way the nervous system processes pain signals.
Fibromyalgia also causes symptoms like tiredness, depression, and mental fog.
Doctors may not immediately consider fibromyalgia when evaluating these types of symptoms, because pain is also common with many other conditions. That’s one reason why it takes an average of five years for people with this disorder to get diagnosed.
Knowing the type and location of your pain, and what other symptoms you have, can help your doctor arrive at a diagnosis. The faster you get diagnosed, the sooner you can get started on a treatment to relieve your symptoms.
Read on to learn some of the most common fibromyalgia symptoms, and a few unusual ones you might not expect.
How is fibromyalgia pain different from other types of pain?
Fibromyalgia pain is located in muscles and other soft tissues like joints. It’s unique in that it affects various sites all over the body. The pain is intensified because of the way the brain processes it.
Fibromyalgia pain can be in the:
- middle and lower back
Everyone’s experience with fibromyalgia pain is different. Some people feel it all over their body. Others feel it only in certain muscles, like in their back or legs.
The quality of the pain can differ from person to person, too. It’s been described as:
The intensity of the pain can vary based on the time of day and your activity. In some people it’s worse in the morning, or after they exercise. Stress, a lack of sleep, and the weather can also affect the type and intensity of fibromyalgia pain.
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