Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition which is also consider as a long term disease. It is a condition that is not easy to diagnose or understand. Most of the time healthcare providers do not capable to understand it. In this condition, people feel pain in muscles and bones. Areas of tenderness, general fatigue, sleep and cognitive disturbances are also observed in this condition. But there is still no real test to diagnose it and confirm it easily. You can also say that it’s often misdiagnosed.
In the past it was considered by healthcare providers that whether it was a real disease or not. In present, people have understood more better this. There is not as much easy treatment available for it as it’s a challenging condition. Lifestyle challenges, medications and some therapies can be used to reduce the symptoms of it that make a person healthy.
Symptoms of fibromyalgia:
Symptoms of it show “regions of pain”. It is also involved in “trigger points” or “tender points” that are previously referred as the areas of tenderness and overlap with these regions. The symptoms of it show pain as consistent dull ache. If you have consulted with a doctor, doctor will diagnose it by asking you about lifestyle and also pain when you have this condition. The experience of patient with musculoskeletal pain in 4 out of 5 regions of pain is noted.
“Multisite pain” is also referred to diagnose this condition. “Chronic widespread pain” definition criteria for fibromyalgia is diagnosed and contrasted in 1990. This process is involved in diagnose of it and also to see the severity of pain as well. There are the some other symptoms to diagnose fibromyalgia. It includes:
- Trouble sleeping
- Non-restorative sleep which means person sleep for a long time of period without feeling rested.
- Trouble focusing or paying attention
- Dry eyes
- Bladder problems such as interstitial cystitis
- Chemical imbalance in the brain or abnormality in the dorsal root ganglion
- Central pain (brain) sensitization
In this condition, the brain and nerve overreact or misinterpret to normal signals as well. It also highly affects on your emotions and energy level.
“Fibro fog” or “brain fog” is also known as fibromyalgia. These two are also used by people to describe their conditions such as fuzzy feeling what they feel. According to a 2015 study, it’s published in Rheumatology International which is considered as mental fogginess. These types of symptoms makes a person more upset than the fibromyalgia. The symptoms of fibro fog also include.
- Memory lapses
- Difficulty concentrating
- Trouble staying alert
Fibromyalgia symptoms in women:
Women have more observed with this condition and it is also noted that it has more severe symptoms in women than men. Women have widespread pain, IBS symptoms and morning fatigue than men. They also considered as more painful periods.
According to the revision diagnostic criteria in 2016, more men are being observed with it than women. These revision diagnostic criteria also change the degree of distinction between men and women. Researchers are also searching on it for further distinction. With the condition of menopause this condition can be more severe. Diagnose also become complicated with both of the symptoms of menopause and fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia in men:
As it is observed that it’s a woman’s disease so people do not consider it as a disease which men can also have. But in real men can also get this disease. According to the statistics of 2016, it was more diagnosed in men than women. Men are also diagnosed with severe pain and emotional symptoms of it. According to a 2018 survey that published in the American Journal of Public Health, in results this condition highly affects the quality of life, career and relationships as well. People whether men or women should see a doctor when have these symptoms men who do not venture can feel embarrassment.
What are the trigger points of fibromyalgia?
In the past, people were diagnosed with it when they had observed with widespread pain and tenderness. An appointment by a healthcare provider must be getting. Healthcare provider will check your symptoms and also see the severity. The most common trigger points that include are given here.
- Pain in back of the head
- Pain in tops of the shoulders
- Upper chest pain
- Hips pain
- Knees pain
- Outer elbows pain
The fibromyalgia pain can be feeling in muscles and some other soft tissues in your body. Pain is the hallmark fibromyalgia symptom. The range of pain is from a mild achiness to an intense and discomfort. Its severity also changes with the passage of time. It mostly appears as an abdominal nervous system response. People can also feel the pain in more than one area at the same time.
The exact point of causing fibromyalgia is still unknown. Researchers are working on it and also try to understand better the condition and its origin.
If a person is feeling chest pain it can also be considered as the pain of heart attack. It is also centered in the cartilage that connects with your ribs to your breastbone. The people may feel chest pain as more sharp, stabbing and like a burning sensation.
Back is the most common place to feel pain. Approximately 80 percent people do not have more severe pain of back pain. But if you are feeling more pain then do not blame fibromyalgia just get a checkup.
There are many other symptoms such as brain fog and fatigue that indicates the pain of fibromyalgia. It also shows the symptom of arthritis and may same treatment will recommend for both of these.
Pain in muscles and soft tissues are more common in fibromyalgia. Leg pain is also considered as a soreness of pulled muscles. You may feel arthritis with it which can be deep, burning and throbbing. If the pain in legs is not controlled timely so it may also results as a sign of restless legs syndrome (RLS). You may also feel heavy limbs.