What are the main fibromyalgia symptoms?
Anyone living with fibromyalgia will tell you there are so many symptoms. In fact, before I was diagnosed I use to try to remember them all when I went to a new specialist by working through the parts of my body and listing all the symptoms in each part. For example head was scalp pain, blurry vision, tingling in lips and jaw pain and a feeling I could not relax my jaw. As you can see there are a lot of unrelated, unique symptoms and not every person will get all of these and they will not get them all at the same time as the symptoms fluctuate.
So here I will be listing the main symptoms that most people get.
|18 Tender Points of Fibromyalgia |
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One unique thing about fibromyalgia is the 18 tender points on the body. These are specific locations, in the diagram above, that hurt when pressed. People who do not have fibro only feel pressure, not pain, when touched on these points.
These are the main symptoms of Fibromyalgia:
Widespread, chronic, muscle pain and tenderness (tender points)
· pain in arms, legs, neck, shoulders, back, hips
· Morning stiffness
· Sleep disturbances including insomnia, inconsistent sleep patterns, unrefreshed sleep
· Memory problems
· Light sensitivity
· Numbness/tingling in arms/legs
· Irritable bowel syndrome
· Bladder control problems
If you are trying to get a diagnosis of fibromyalgia (FMS) you may want to see the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria for diagnosing fibromyalgia. This was endorsed in 2010. Prior to this the tender points were used as a major diagnostic tool. Now that we have the 2010 criteria it does not mean that the tender points have magically gone away. They can still be used as a diagnostic tool but they are only part of what is needed. Here is an excerpt from the ACR.
If you are looking for a more in-depth list I suggest you go to MORE INFORMATION ON SYMPTOMS OF FIBROMYALGIA
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