Well as anyone who knows me, will know that i’m not very well. Doctors seem to agree as I’ve received another diagnosis of Fibromyalgia.
The main symptoms of fibromyalgia are outlined below.
Â Widespread pain
If you have fibromyalgia, one of the main symptoms is likely to be widespread pain. This may be felt throughout your body, but could be worse in particular areas, such as your back or neck. The pain is likely to be continuous, although itÂ may be better or more severe at different times.The pain could feel like:
a burning sensation
a sharp, stabbing pain
Â Extreme sensitivity
Fibromyalgia can make you extremely sensitive to pain all over your body, and you may find that even the slightest touch isÂ painful. If you hurt yourselfÂ â€“ such as stubbing your toeÂ â€“ the pain may continue for much longer than it normally would.
Fibromyalgia can make you feel stiff. The stiffness may be most severe when you’ve been in the same position for a long period of timeÂ â€“Â for example,Â when you first wake up in the morning.It can also cause your muscles to spasm, which is when they contract (squeeze) tightly and painfully.FatigueFibromyalgia can cause fatigue (extreme tiredness). This can range from a mild, tired feeling to the exhaustion often experienced during aÂ flu-like illness.Severe fatigue may come on suddenly and can drain you of all your energy. If this happens, you may feel too tired to do anything at all.
Â Poor sleep quality
Fibromyalgia can affect your sleep. You may often wake up tired, even when you’ve had plenty of sleep. This is becauseÂ the conditionÂ can sometimes prevent you from sleeping deeply enough to refresh you properly.You may hear this described as “non-restorative sleep”.
Â Cognitive problems (‘fibro-fog’)
Cognitive problems are issues related to mental processes, such as thinking and learning. If you have fibromyalgia, you may have:
trouble remembering and learning new things
problems with attention and concentration
slowed or confused speech
If fibromyalgia has caused you to experience pain and stiffness in your neck and shoulders, you may also have frequentÂ headaches.These can vary from being mild headaches to severeÂ migraines,Â and couldÂ also involve other symptoms, such as nausea (feeling sick).
Â Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Some people with fibromyalgia also developÂ irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).IBS is a common digestive condition that causes pain and bloating in your stomach. It can also lead toÂ constipationÂ orÂ diarrhoea.
Â Other symptoms
Other symptoms that people with fibromyalgia sometimes experience include:
dizzinessÂ and clumsiness
feeling too hot or too coldÂ â€“Â this is because you’re notÂ able to regulate your body temperature properly
restless legs syndromeÂ (an overwhelming urge to move your legs)
tingling, numbness, prickling or burning sensations in your hands and feet (pins and needles, also known as paraesthesia)
In some cases, having the condition can lead to depression. This is because fibromyalgiaÂ can be difficult to deal with, and low levels of certain hormones associated with the condition can make you prone to developing depression.
I think my doctors now dreads asking for my medical notes. lol