Fibromyalgia is a common chronic disorder that is characterized by widespread pain, among other symptoms. It can cause significant pain and fatigue, interfering with a person’s ability to carry out their daily activities. While the causes of fibromyalgia are unknown, it’s estimated that it affects 5 million Americans ages 18 or older.

Research has shown that fibromyalgia patients typically see several different doctors before receiving their diagnosis. The symptoms of fibromyalgia often mimmick other health issues, which can make it hard to diagnose. Understanding the symptoms can help a patient identify their diagnosis sooner, so they can find a way to manage their pain.

Here are eight signs of fibromyalgia you should never ignore:

1. Body Stiffness

The majority of patients who suffer from fibromyalgia experience body stiffness. This usually occurs in the morning. The stiff feeling is similar to those who suffering from arthritis. It may fade within 10-15 minutes, or it may last most of the day.

2. Abnormal Digestion

Symptoms of fibromyalgia can include constipation, diarrhea and bloating. About 40-70% of patients who are suffering from fibromyalgia experience symptoms similar to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux and GERD.

3. Numbness, Swelling Or Tingling

Many fibromyalgia sufferers experience a pins and needles sensation. This often occurs in the arms, feet, hands and legs – a condition known as paraesthesia. For some patients, these sensations might only last a few minutes. For other patients, the sensations can last much longer.

4. Head To Toe Pain

Approximately 97% of patients suffering from fibromyalgia experience pain across their entire body. Fibromyalgia pain is often described as “deep, sharp, throbbing or aching.” This type of pain is often constant, and unresponsive to over-the-counter pain medication.

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5. Finger Spasms And Toe Spasms

Arterial spasms of the hands or toes is a fairly common symptom of fibromyalgia. It can result from exposure to the cold or stress. The areas that are affected will develop a blue or pale tint. Arterial spasms are also accompanied by pain.

6. Poor Sleep Quality

Fibromyalgia can make it difficult for a patient to get quality sleep. Studies have shown erratic brain activity in fibromyalgia patients during rest. This irregular brain activity, along with pain or stiffness, can cause poor quality sleep.

7. Fibromyalgia Fog

Fibromyalgia sufferers may experience a brain fog. Trouble concentrating and difficulty with short term memory can be symptoms of fibromyalgia. General feelings of confusion, forgetfulness and lack of mental clarity may also arise.

8. Sensitivity To Temperature

Patients with fibromyalgia often have a difficult time regulating their body temperature. They may feel extreme heat or extreme cold when the temperature hasn’t changed drastically.

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4 thoughts on “8 Signs Of Fibromyalgia Most People Miss. Probably You Are Also Not Aware”
  1. I feel so horrible because I suffer terribly with Fibromyalgia since the 90’s! Now my NEW DR. (Old rheumatologist retired) thinks Fibro is BULL! I CAN’T HANDLE ANY OF THIS ANYMORE!

    1. I’m so sorry your doctor does not support this. I have s fabulous dr who specializes in this and I am so grateful for his help. I still have bad fibromyalgia days but the meds he prescribed helps to manage most days. It’s become more tolerable. Find another dr. They are out there.

    2. I’m so sorry you have to be put through this situation; stress is definitely not what you need. Maybe you can find another doctor or a nurse practitioner who know that this D.D. exists. This sometimes happens in an emergency room! I too have been suffering for many decades and the last 10 years has been the worst. I sometimes wish that some of those non-believers could feel what we do for a few days…..then have them think its BULL! Its not BULL, its TORTURE! If you want to talk, let me know. Hope you see better days soon. I’ll be thinking of you at this time.

    3. Go to fmtest.com. This blood test is an fda approved test that correctly identifies specific proteins in the blood… this will help you Most insurance pays.

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