The condition known as fibromyalgia has many symptoms that are common to the condition. The most common of the symptoms associated with the condition being pain and fatigue. Other symptoms that patients suffer from are sleeplessness, headaches including migraines, periodic limb movement disorder, inability to concentrate or an impaired memory, anxiety and depression, skin sensitivities and rashes, dizziness, tinnitus, vision issues, neurological symptoms, impaired coordination, and dry eyes or mouth.
The Pain of Fibromyalgia
Individuals with fibromyalgia describe the pain as being widespread and radiating from muscles, joints or soft skin regions. It can be stabbing, shooting or deep and throbbing in nature. It may also be described as a burning or a tingling instead of a pain. Stiffness may also be present along with the pain especially in cold weather. Pain can lead to another common symptoms of fibromyalgia and that is sleeplessness.
Pain can also lead to physical and mental fatigue, a marked decrease in physical activity, and an inability to function in the home or at work. Chronic pain can also lead to anxiety and to great stress. These occurrences can also lead to depression. The hallmark of fibromyalgia is not just the presence of pain but a heightened sensitivity to pain.
Fatigue is another major symptom of fibromyalgia. The feeling of fatigue as described by fibromyalgia patients is an all-encompassing kind of tiredness that severely restricts the individual’s ability to function. It is the kind of fatigue that literally zaps a person of all energy and ability to physically move or perform mental tasks.
The symptom of restlessness that so many fibromyalgia patients report can be traced to the amount of pain that they experience. To get a restful night sleep is an impossible task if you are constantly tossing and turning because you are in pain.
Symptoms and Fibromyalgia
There are symptoms that can be experienced that are individual in nature and are based on current body weaknesses or other diseases that you may have. Some of these miscellaneous symptoms may include headaches, periodic limb movement disorder, rashes, dry mouth and eyes, depression, dizziness, vision issues, impaired coordination, and irritable bladder or bowels.
The fact that there are so many different symptoms is what makes fibromyalgia so difficult to diagnose. It is also why so many associated medical conditions are linked to fibromyalgia.
Because more women have fibromyalgia than men, they have to deal with “women issues” such as menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause symptoms that are intensified by the fibromyalgia.
Not all fibromyalgia symptoms explained above occur in all patients. Each patient will have some similar symptoms to others and some that are different. It is like having your own fibromyalgia symptom fingerprint.