There are many, many symptoms of fibromyalgia, and these symptoms can vary from affected person to person. Some of the main symptoms experienced by a majority of people living with fibromyalgia are:
- chronic muscle pain, muscle spasms
- stiffness upon waking or staying in one position too long
- difficulty remembering or concentrating, known as ‘fibro fog’
- abdominal pain including IBS, bloating, nausea, leaky gut syndrome
- frequent headaches
- jaw/facial tenderness
- sensory sensitivities
- anxiety or depression
- numbness or tingling in the extremities such as the feet, hands
- increase in urinary frequency
- muscle knots
- reduced tolerance for exercise and increased muscle pain after exercise
- feeling of swelling in hands and feet without actual swelling
- chronic pain and tenderness
- fatigue and sleep disturbance
In other words, we hurt all over, can’t sleep,are tired all the time, irritable, have frequent headaches, and spend most days with some type of stomach issue. Sometimes there are fibromyalgia flares, too.
There is no ‘cure’ for fibromyalgia, but there are various ways to alleviate the symptoms, and make the pain much more manageable.
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