Fibromyalgia is a common and chronic pain disorder that affects millions of people. While it affects people of all ages, it most commonly affects young and middle aged adults. Unfortunately, there is no cure, but there are treatment options available.
What Are The Symptoms?
The primary symptom of fibromyalgia is widespread and long-lasting pain. Many define “widespread pain” as pain that occurs below and above the waist and on both sides of the body. While most patients describe the pain as a dull ache, some suffer stabbing or shooting pains. In many cases, the pain is most severe in the morning. Some factors can exacerbate the pain, and they include stress and anxiety, lack of physical activity, too much exercise, cold or humid weather, poor sleep, and fatigue.
Other symptoms or experiences associated with fibromyalgia may include the following:
- Migraines and other types of headaches
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome
- Restless leg syndrome
- Dry eyes and mouth
- Ringing in the ears
- Impaired coordination
It is important to be aware of your own personal experiences with this condition. Certain symptoms may have a greater impact on your daily life than others, and it is critical to monitor your experiences to assist with diagnosis.
How Is It Diagnosed?
Diagnosing fibromyalgia can take years, for many of its symptoms resemble those of other conditions. However, it is important to take careful steps to promote and preserve your best health.
Our approach is to understand what may be causing your symptoms. It is important to us to understand what is affecting your health and not just treat your current experiences, but rather reevaluating your lifestyle and habits.