Although fibromyalgia is considered as a rare condition, the symptoms it manifests are equally common. Due to the commonality of the symptoms, it is often mistaken for another health condition. Aside from that, not all symptoms can be observed on a single individual, since it may vary from one patient to another. Pain is the most prevalent symptom of fibromyalgia. Although the pain is not extreme, the patient may experience dull ache throughout the body or in certain muscle groups, tendons and ligaments.
Researchers believe that fibromyalgia patients have brains that are very sensitive to pain signals. The neurotransmitters in these patients' brains are not functioning normally, thus making it extremely sensitive to pain. Some of the areas of the body that are susceptible to fibromyalgia pain are as follows:
* Upper area of the chest
* Shoulder blades
* Upper hips
* Side of the hips
* Shoulder tops
* Rear side of the head
* Front region of the neck
* Outer elbows
* Inner knees
* Left and right jaws
* Upper back
What are the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
Aside from pain, the condition manifests other symptoms that are more or less prevalent throughout the body. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include the following:
* Anxiety and depression
* Stiffness of the joints
* Lack of sleep or difficulty sleeping
* Short-term loss of memory
* Restless leg syndrome
* Irritable bowel syndrome
* Slow process of recovery or healing from physical injures
* Systemic lupus erythematosus
* Lack of physical strength
* Post-traumatic stress disorder
* Allergic reactions to foods
* Repulsion on certain scents or odors
* Rheumatoid arthritis
* Dryness of the mouth and eyes
* Allergic reactions on certain medications
* Lack of focus or concentration
* Lack of mental abilities or inability to carry out mental tasks
* Dental problems often associated with extraction, rotting and pain
* Swelling sensation on the hands and feet
* Increased voiding or urination
* Frequent numbness of the hands, face, feet and legs
Experts believe that fibromyalgia is a genetic condition. This is because the condition is often discovered in individuals, particularly in women, who have a family history of the condition. If your fibromyalgia condition is genetic, your kids or siblings may exhibit the same symptoms as well. Aside from that, the condition can also be due to a severe infection or an extreme emotional or physical trauma. These factors can also make an individual susceptible to the condition.
Oftentimes, the symptoms mentioned above are misunderstood or neglected. Afflicted individuals often think that they are just feeling lazy. That is the reason why the condition cannot be detected in its early stage. If you suspect that the feeling of uneasiness that you are experiencing is due to the condition, make sure that you avoid delaying the consultation to a specialist. This is to properly diagnose the condition and get immediate relief and treatment.
Take note that prevention is always better than cure. It would be best to learn the trigger factors of the condition and be very familiar with the symptoms so that you can opt for an early diagnosis. Early detection of the problem calls for immediate treatment as well and this can save you from the excruciating pain that you may experience due to the condition.