Fibromyalgia is a difficult and painful condition which affects more than 40 million Americans annually. It manifests through pain all over the body, and is quite often misdiagnosed as it’s hard to detect it.
This is why it’s very important to recognize the early signs of the condition in order to start with the treatment as soon as possible and prevent severe pain.
Since there’s no cure for fibromyalgia, you can manage it with the help of light exercises, medications and cognitive behavioral therapy.
The muscle pain and tenderness can become a real problem after a while, and even painkillers won’t work. The condition doesn’t have an effect on the physical system only – it can also destroy your mental health.
Cause and diagnosis
The exact cause of fibromyalgia hasn’t been found yet, and there are no specific tests that can detect it. Doctors usually diagnose fibromyalgia by asking the patients if they have a list of symptoms you can see below.
Muscle and body symptoms
*Morning muscle stiffness
*Bruxism (teeth grinding)
*Muscle twitching and cramps overnight
Sinus and allergy symptoms
*Shortness of breath
*Excess mucus in the lungs
*Post-nasal drip and runny nose
*Bloating, nausea, pelvic pain
*Increased sensitivity to smell, light and temperature changes
*Difficult seeing in low light
*Poor coordination and balance
*Difficult recognizing familiar surroundings and faces
*Tingling in the arms
*Short-term memory problems
*Low sex drive
*Symptoms similar to a heart attack
Skin, nail and hair problems
*Curved or ridged nails
*Scarred or easily bruised skin
*Anxiety and irritability
*Sudden weight loss or weight gain
*Headaches and migraines
If you notice that you’re experiencing some or a combination of symptoms from the list, we suggest visiting a doctor as soon as possible. In order to treat and prevent fibromyalgia, you can use acupuncture, breathing exercises, yoga or Tai Chi. Add some anti-inflammatory foods in your diet such as ginger and turmeric, and make sure to get magnesium, vitamin B12 and vitamin D supplements.