In people with fibromyalgia, the most common symptoms include widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points. Tender points are specific places on the body that hurt when even the slightest pressure is put on them. These points can be found on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, and upper and lower legs.
Fibromyalgia is often considered an arthritis-related condition, but it is not truly a form of arthritis because it does not cause inflammation or damage to the joints, muscles, or other tissues. However, like arthritis, fibromyalgia can cause significant pain and fatigue, and it can interfere with a person's ability to carry out daily activities.
Common Fibromyalgia symptoms:
For people with fibromyalgia, pain is generally widespread, affecting both the right and left side of the body and above and below the waist. It may start in one particular area, and spread over time. The time of day, the weather, sleep, stress, and activity level can all affect the pain. However, some pain is always present in most fibromyalgia patients.
Fatigue caused by fibromyalgia is often moderate to severe, causing exhaustion, a lack of energy, and decreased exercise endurance. People with fibromyalgia often wake up feeling tired, even when getting a full night's rest. People with fibromyalgia symptoms have interruptions in their sleep patterns and the pain can cause difficulty while sleeping or insomnia.
Tender points are specific places on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs. These points hurt when pressure is put on them. For a fibromyalgia diagnosis, a person must have 11 or more tender points.
In addition to pain, fatigue, and insomnia, some other fibromyalgia symptoms that people may experience include: headaches, tingling or numbness in the hands and feet, restless legs syndrome, temperature sensitivity, leg cramps and more.
Fibromyalgia research shows that people with fibromyalgia typically see many healthcare providers before receiving the diagnosis. One reason for this may be that pain and fatigue, the main symptoms of fibromyalgia, overlap with many other conditions. For information on how to treat or lessen the pain associated with Fibromyalgia, contact The Franklin Pain and Wellness Center.