What Are The Most Common Fibro Symptoms?
Fibromyalgia is different for each person, no two are alike though most have some or all of these common fibro symptoms. When you have multiple symptoms that are vague and chronic, then the likelihood is you have fibromyalgia. It will take time to get a definitive diagnosis, mine took several years which I found very frustrating. Today however doctors are more aware that fibro is a real illness and problem.
Remember, we alone are responsible for our own health. Doctors are there to counsel us and advise us but ultimately, we need to research all medications and treatments and decide what is right for us. We are the captains of our ship, question everything and apply due diligence.
- Chronic pain
The biggest complaint of people with this illness is chronic pain. Living daily with chronic pain will cause so many other issues in life including depression, and it’s no wonder. Doctors look for chronic pain to be present in all four quadrants of the body before they will diagnose you with chronic pain. Let’s be honest for most of us with fibro the pain is all over.
- Thoracic pain
Many suffer with upper and middle back pain when they have fibro, just another type of pain that we have to deal with.
Many suffer with chronic unexplained headaches related to their illness.
- Chronic fatigue
This feeling of utter exhaustion, simple things drain your energy levels, even taking a bath or shower can leave you ready for bed.
- Tender points
These are 9 pairs of tender points or areas located in fibro patients, 18 points in total. These are areas of extreme sensitivity and when pressed (or touched for some fibromites) you get a deep burning pain that remains for several seconds or minutes after being pressed.
- Skin sensitivity
Many fibro patients have very sensitive skin, sometimes it is just certain areas. Often we have to have very soft clothing not to aggravate this feeling.
- Skin rashes
It’s quite common for some strange rashes to appear in fibro patients. These seem to come and go and have no specific cause or reason. Maybe it is related to our very sensitive skin or overall sensitivity.
This I believe is related to our sensitive skin. You get the feeling your skin is crawling at times, very itchy for no apparent reason.
- Insomnia, sleep disorder
This is a big problem for us, deprive a “normal” person of sleep and they develop the chronic pain of fibromyalgia. Fibro patients simply cannot get into a remain in the deep sleep state.
- Muscle cramps
Cramping is a typical symptom of fibro, I wonde rif we fibromites have very low levels of magnesium, I know taking magnesium supplements help me with this problem.
- Hair loss or thinning
You may go through permanent hair loss or a temporary period where you seem to lose a lot of hair.
With all the symptoms of fibro it’s no wonder people get anxious and suffer with their “nerves.” again, help is available, do not suffer in silence!
Again, anyone in constant chronic pain… it’s no wonder depression sets in. Some days are worse than others. It can be hard to be enthusiastic about life when your future looks bleak but help is available so never suffer with depression, get help.
- Body stiffness
Sometimes you feel old before your time. Muscles and joints seem to stiffen up on sitting or lying down for any length of time.
- IBS – irritable bowel syndrome
Again, I think this is due to our over-sensitivity to things. Watching what you eat and taking a good pro-biotic can help this condition.
- Vision Problems
Vision changes daily, some days are worse than others. It can be blurred vision, sensitive eyes, reading glasses may be fine one day then useless the next.
- Restless Leg Syndrome
This is a frustrating issue where you simply have very achy legs that you cannot get comfortable in any position. Also referred to as RLS, trying to sleep with this condition is impossible. Again, magnesium supplements do help with this problem.
Most fibro patients will find they are super sensitive to many things such as light, taste and odors. Fluorescent lighting can bring on this sensitivity.
- Joint hypermobility syndrome
This is where your joints move out of what is classed as the “normal” range. It is considered a benign condition. However this looseness of the joints can cause pain, swelling daytime pain and nighttime awakening. Knees are typically affected which means when kneeling the knee can slip out of joint which has happened to me.
- Brain fog
You feel like you are in a thick fog, it’s impossible to think clearly, things seem fuzzy and there are times when you suddenly feel like you wake up and don’t know where you are – such as when driving… this is also referred to as fibro fog.
You don’t have to experience all of the fibromyalgia symptoms above in order to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia. These symptoms often come and go and vary from day to day . As a general rule, the pain, fog and fatigue will be your constant companion.
Anyone diagnosed with fibromyalgia should learn as much as you can about this illness so you know what is fibro related and what isn’t. The main problem is, we tend to chalk everything down to fibro and sometimes it isn’t.
Fibro requires you to change the way you do things, you have to consider your symptoms daily before you embark on any activity. Plans can go awry, having family and friends that understand your condition can go a long way to helping your daily living with fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is not in your head as many doctors believed 20 years ago. Approximately 5 million Americans suffer with fibromyalgia syndrome, the majority, 80-90% are women over the age of 18.
It is important to learn all you can about fibromyalgia in order to be active in your care and treatment, hopefully this website can answer many of your questions and provide the proper fibro treatment to alleviate your symptoms.