Knowledge

London, KY

#1 May 18, 2012
Common Fibromyalgia Symptoms -- Understanding Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than 3 months. That’s the main symptom of Fibromyalgia: widespread muscle pain that lasts longer than 3 months. Widespread pain is defined as pain both above and below the waist and on both the right and left sides of the body.
At its best, Fibromyalgia may be described as “mild.” At its worst, intense pain can get in the way of doing normal day-to-day activities.
Some Fibromyalgia sufferers describe their pain as “all over” or “everywhere.” For some people, the pain and stiffness are worst when they wake up. Then it improves during the day. Symptoms may increase again at night. But other people have all-day, non-stop pain. This could include combinations of neck pain, arm pain, shoulder pain, back pain, hip pain, knee pain, feet pain, and pain in just about every other body part.
Voices of Fibromyalgia
“My eyelashes and tips of my hair are the
only parts of me that don't hurt.” The pain may get worse with physical activity, stress, or anxiety. Fibromyalgia patients may also be more sensitive to things around them. This may include heat/cold, bright lights, loud sounds, and more. Even a gentle hug could be painful.Read more about the unique qualities of Fibromyalgia pain.
Pain is the core symptom of Fibromyalgia, but different people feel the pain in different ways. Fibromyalgia pain may be felt as:
Description Real Voices of Fibromyalgia
Chronic pain “I feel pain all over my body. Some days are better than others, but the pain is always there.”
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Deep pain “It is in the deep tissues. You can’t massage it out. It’s not just the surface. I can’t penetrate to where the pain is originating from.”
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Widespread pain “It is hard to explain where my pain is, it seems like it is everywhere else except some specific place.”
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Aching pain “Sometimes it is like a constant ache that is there, then you get up, you move around, it goes away and then it pops up someplace else.”

Radiating pain “There are days that I have sharp pains that radiate down from my neck to my arm like a lightning bolt that strikes higher up, down to my arms, my hands.”
Shooting pain “...shooting pain that sometimes I get in my shoulders and my neck, like a stabbing pain.”
Tender pain “My body is so sensitive and tender that it hurts to be hugged.”
Other Common Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Additional common Fibromyalgia symptoms may be felt as:
Description Real Voices of Fibromyalgia
Sleep disruptions “I wake up feeling unrefreshed even after a full night’s sleep.”
Fatigue “I feel very tired at times. Sometimes I feel so worn out and drained that I can’t take care of my family like I want to.”
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Problems with memory and thinking clearly (sometimes called "fibro fog")“Sometimes I have difficulty focusing. It’s like my mind is in a fog.”
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Problems with
depression and/or
anxiety “For so long the doc had told me I was depressed and I said,‘Well I'm in pain all the time, of course I'm depressed.’”
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Overlapping conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, restless leg syndrome, migraines, and others “It feels like I have this aura of pain that follows me wherever I go.”
In a survey conducted by the National Fibromyalgia Association, people with Fibromyalgia reported the symptoms in the chart below. Most of these symptoms are on top of their widespread chronic pain. Some of these symptoms may come from additional conditions that can occur in patients with Fibromyalgia.
Knowledge

London, KY

#2 May 18, 2012
Common Overlapping Conditions Fibromyalgia Sufferers Often Have Other Chronic Pain
Conditions
There are other conditions that have symptoms which are similar to those of Fibromyalgia.

These conditions can often occur together with Fibromyalgia. That’s why it’s important to understand that a diagnosis of other conditions does not rule out a Fibromyalgia diagnosis.(And, in turn, a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia does not rule out other conditions.)

The presence of these overlapping conditions (called comorbidities) can “muddy the waters.” This is yet another reason so many Fibromyalgia sufferers struggle to get a diagnosis.

The following chart shows some of the conditions that often co-exist with Fibromyalgia. It also shows how often they are reported to occur. Your doctor may want to check for these co-existing conditions in addition to Fibromyalgia.

Your doctor may want to check for these co-existing conditions in addition to Fibromyalgia.

Condition Short description (%)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) Abdominal discomfort or pain along with constipation or diarrhea for more than 3 months in the past year 32–80

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Temporo-mandibular disorder (TMD) Frequent facial/jaw pain and/or limitation in jaw opening 75

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Chronic fatigue syndrome Unexplained, persistent or on-again, off-again fatigue for more than 6 months 21–80

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Tension and migraine headache Frequent headaches lasting more than 30 minutes 10–80

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Multiple chemical sensitivities Contact with certain chemicals consistently causes unpleasant symptoms 33–55

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Interstitial cystitis At least 8 months of bladder pain, urinary urgency, and frequency (urinating more than 8 times during the day and more than 2 times during the night) 13–21

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Restless leg syndrome An often unpleasant urge to move the legs 32

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Numbness Persistent tingling and pins and needles (can occur anywhere on the body, especially the hands and feet) 44
Voices of Fibromyalgia
"It’s an illness that has symptoms that get better/worse
on a day-by-day basis. One day the irritable bowel seems
like the worst symptom, the next day it’s the panic and anxiety,
the next day it’s the pain."

FROM WHAT I HEAR ITS "BECOMING THE NEWEST ILLNESS TO FAKE FOR THOSE TRYING TO SEEK DISABILITY INSURANCE"IDK,JUST A HEARSAY!!

Since: Sep 10

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#3 May 18, 2012
Hmm, I just thought it was a new name for a Dr to write that prescription out for pain pills. I did not know that it would get a person disability.

Heck, I have all those symptoms at one point or another, just thought it was part of the growing older process.
AND

Somerset, KY

#4 May 19, 2012
Your point is what??????????
iknow

Somerset, KY

#5 May 19, 2012
Fibromyalgia is a very real disease. I live with it everyday. It's almost completely taken the use of my feet. It's absolutely nothing to joke about. Never knew it existed until about 4 years ago. People can poke fun but it's not funny. I had to quit my Jon because I couldn't stand on my feet. It's only gotten worse.

Since: Sep 10

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#6 May 19, 2012
iknow wrote:
Fibromyalgia is a very real disease. I live with it everyday. It's almost completely taken the use of my feet. It's absolutely nothing to joke about. Never knew it existed until about 4 years ago. People can poke fun but it's not funny. I had to quit my Jon because I couldn't stand on my feet. It's only gotten worse.
I'm not joking, I really thought that. I didn't know it was real either, because like I said as I get older something new aches every day. I guess it's like the saying goes...things can always get worse, I'm thankful that mine is only the ole age process and not what you are going thru.:(
Knowledge

London, KY

#7 May 19, 2012
Whos makin fun? Yes for a very few it is real even though some Drs will tell you it does not exist. Yes there are those out there who claim to have it also and unfortunately they have jumped on the wagon of fakes because it is such a hard disease to detect. Just as migraines and backpains are the top 2 illnesses that people fake to get a check. Then you have some who claim they have this disease but their daily chores, activities, etc prove otherwise. Sad but true. We all know the old saying you can fool those here on earth but you cant fool God, if someone is faking an illness to draw a check or win a lawsuit that is stealing.
iknow wrote:
Fibromyalgia is a very real disease. I live with it everyday. It's almost completely taken the use of my feet. It's absolutely nothing to joke about. Never knew it existed until about 4 years ago. People can poke fun but it's not funny. I had to quit my Jon because I couldn't stand on my feet. It's only gotten worse.

Since: Sep 10

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#8 May 19, 2012
Knowledge wrote:
<quoted text>Whos makin fun? Yes for a very few it is real even though some Drs will tell you it does not exist. Yes there are those out there who claim to have it also and unfortunately they have jumped on the wagon of fakes because it is such a hard disease to detect. Just as migraines and backpains are the top 2 illnesses that people fake to get a check. Then you have some who claim they have this disease but their daily chores, activities, etc prove otherwise. Sad but true. We all know the old saying you can fool those here on earth but you cant fool God, if someone is faking an illness to draw a check or win a lawsuit that is stealing.
Exactly. And we all will have to face God with the choices we have made.
suffering

London, KY

#10 May 23, 2012
Can anyone refer a good doctor. I believe i have fibromyalgia, the doctors i have been going to wants to put me on depression meds. but they wont test me to rule out everything.

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