Fibromyalgia, also known as fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), is a chronic condition that causes widespread bodily pain, muscle aches, and fatigue. According to the US National Institute of Health, Fibromyalgia is estimated to affect around five million American adults and, most of which (between 80-90%) are women.
One of the aspects that make this ailment difficult is that it is extremely tricky to properly diagnose in the first place. The pain and other symptoms typically associated with fibromyalgia more often than not tend to overlap with other common medical conditions. There are currently no tests or scans in place that can detect the condition, therefore patients usually have to go through a long and exhausting process that entails keeping close track of everything that is going on with their bodies and inform their physicians about it.
In addition to the widespread physical pain which is the main symptom of fibromyalgia, there are several other ones that should not be ignored and can be helpful in identifying the ailment with greater certainty. This article will help you with that arduous process by identifying the most common symptoms pointing to fibromyalgia and also identify some natural remedies that might help ease the pain associated with it.
According to the renowned Mayo Clinic, fibromyalgia affects the way in which the brain processes pain signals and magnifies them in comparison to their real intensity. While the pain is generally felt all over the body, the areas most affected are the back, neck, abdomen, and in muscles. Patients have reported feeling different types of pain, from sharp and severe long lasting ones to a milder yet constant dull ache that can last for more than 3 months. In addition, the pain is known to intensify during nighttime and over the counter medicines rarely alleviate it.
2. Tiredness and fatigue
One of the most common byproducts of the pain associated with this condition is an overwhelming feeling of tiredness. People suffering from it usually have difficulty sleeping at night, when the pain is known to become stronger. Even when patients do fall asleep, it is a restless and often-interrupted sleep, resulting in days filled with fatigue and emptied of productivity.
3. Lack of mental focus
Another common symptom is the so-called “fibro fog” – a person’s cognitive abilities, such as concentration, attention span, focus, and memory, being negatively impaired. The fibro fog usually results in confusion and a lack of mental clarity which can be extremely frustrating and disconcerting.
4. Sensory issues
Some patients report feeling extra sensitive to temperature changes and often find their bodies having difficulties regulating temperature properly. Some may feel hot or freezing even if the outside temperature changes only just slightly, similarly to having a fever. Another sensory-related symptom is paraesthesia, the feeling of pins and needles in hands, feet, arms, and legs. Such a tingling discomfort can last anywhere from a couple of minutes to well over an hour or more; some people also experience numbness.
5. Gastrointestinal issues
Abnormal and excessive gas, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and nausea are all common symptoms of fibromyalgia and should be monitored closely. Fibromyalgia is also often found in patients who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, acid reflux disease, and those who have a painful bladder condition.
Watch the video below to find out some natural remedies that might help you cope with the effects of fibromyalgia.
* This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances.