The Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

by Rachel on November 28, 2015

Fibromyalgia doctors have come up with a basic set of criteria that they use to help them determine whether you are indeed suffering from this chronic condition.

Diagnosis is often difficult because there is no one test that can be performed that is able to confirm if you are suffering from this condition or not.

Doctors will evaluate you for a period of time and perform various blood and x-ray tests. They will also tests your sensitivity to stimuli, to help determine if you are indeed one of the many people that is fighting this debilitating syndrome.

Symptoms include extreme and chronic pain, fatigue, sleep deprivation, depression, anxiety and more. While chronic pain is the number one symptom of this condition, there are certain factors of that pain that must be evaluated before a diagnosis of fibromyalgia can be made.

Generally, doctors will examine you to see if you have chronic pain in 11 key points in your body. This pain must be a chronic pain, and must last for months at a time. You will also be tested for your body’s sensitivity to gentle stimuli, as most people that suffer from fibromyalgia feel extreme pain from even the slightest of pressures.

Since widespread pain and lack of healthy, restful sleep are two of the main symptoms but there are many other symptoms that can stem from these conditions. Depression, anxiety and drastic mood changes can also affect you not only on their own but from constant pain and lack of sleep as well.

Fortunately, these symptoms are easily treated by various medications that your doctor can provide, so there is plenty of hope for you if you suffer from this condition.

Other symptoms can include, but are not limited to, irritable bowel syndrome, a condition which causes frequent constipation, bloating, diarrhea and abdominal pain, but is also easily treated.

You may also suffer from a difficulty in concentrating, tingling sensations to your extremities such as your hands and feet, dryness to your mouth and eyes, and headaches or other facial pains. Many women may also experience extremely painful menstrual cycles.

As you can see, symptoms can include a number of conditions. If you only suffer from one of these symptoms that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have this condition. In fact, the odds are strongly against it.

However, if you experience a number of these symptoms for months at a time, chances are you may be one of the many people that has this chronic condition, and you should seek medical attention from fibromyalgia doctors right away.

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