Fibromyalgia is a condition that millions of people all over the world suffer from, even though thousands of them have no idea they have it. The condition is most common among women, but unfortunately up until now there are still no effective treatments for this condition, nor many exams that can properly determine whether a person has it.
Its symptoms are…
The most significant symptom of fibromyalgia is extremely strong muscle pain unaccompanied by inflammation, which can nearly always be very difficult to pinpoint but can extend to the following places:
- Joints on both the right and left side
- Above and below the waist.
Your doctor should perform an exhaustive physical examination in order to find all the signs and indicators of fibromyalgia. The exam usually consists of applying pressure to certain sensitive points of the body in order to try to provoke some sort of reaction in the patient. If the patient experiences pain when the doctor applies pressure to the front and back of the neck, the upper back and chest, the hips, the butt, the knees and the elbows, then the doctor can be nearly certain that they are facing a case of fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is often confused with other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or hyperthyroidism. Fibromyalgia is a chronic sickness, in which episodes of pain can last months.
When we are talking fibromyalgia we are not just talking about strong muscle pains but also high levels of fatigue, and affected sleeping patterns, as it can produce relatively subtle disruptions, so sometimes it can be very difficult to sleep and sometimes you simply can’t seem to get up.
If a person struggling with fibromyalgia is always fatigued and tired even after having gotten a full night of sleep, they will often not be able to properly participate in or execute their daily activities thanks to the physical exhaustion that they experience. Not only that but they might more frequently suffer from headaches and migraines, or in other people we might see digestive problems, irritable bowels, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, and abdominal distension and pain.
Today’s recommendations are very useful for people who suffer from one or more of the above symptoms of fibromyalgia, and especially if you are suffering from muscle pains, migraines, and are always tired even though you are getting a proper night’s sleep; the best thing you can do is make an appointment with your doctor so they can perform a complete and thorough checkup and you can be sure as to whether it is or isn’t fibromyalgia. If it is, the best you can do is start a good course of treatment in order to keep the strong pains from keeping you from your favorite and daily activities and so maintain a better quality of life.