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Do I Have Fibromyalgia? 10 Telltale Signs

do-i-have-fibromyalgia-10-telltale-signsFibromyalgia relief in Clear Lake is every patient’s wish. Fibromyalgia (FM) is a complex chronic pain condition that affects individuals socially, mentally, and physically. One thing we know for sure about fibromyalgia is it causes significant pain and discomfort throughout the body. FM symptoms may come and go anytime. However, when the symptoms are intense, they can be exceptionally disabling because it can disrupt the flow of your daily activities. It also tends to impact the quality of your life.

Facts about Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is one of the most widespread pain conditions. Here are some interesting facts about FM:

  • It severely affects as many as 10 million individuals in the United States.
  • It is most prevalent in women. As high as 90 percent of people who have fibromyalgia are women.
  • It also affects children and men of various ethnicities. 
  • This disorder is frequently seen in families - among mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and their children.
  • The FM incidence grows as people grow older, by the age of 80, about 8% of seniors will often meet the criteria for fibromyalgia.
  • There are almost 70% undiagnosed people with fibromyalgia.

10 Signs You May Have Fibromyalgia

#1 Generalized Muscle Pain

This is the most basic symptom of fibromyalgia. It is persistent muscle pain that comes on as a dull ache, which can last for several weeks or even months. The pain is like the feeling of pulling a muscle or overstraining after doing an extreme workout.

Your pain is fibromyalgia when these conditions are present:

  • When it happens on both sides of the body (left and right)
  • It hurts both upper and lower waist in specific tender points

The American College of Rheumatology showed their guidelines that confirm patients with FM should experience pain in at least 11 of 18 pain locations in reaction to light pressure.

#2 Sensitivity to Touch

Two medical terms describe the sensitivity to touch that fibromyalgia patients experience: hyperalgesia and hyperesthesia. Hyperalgesia is the increased sensitivity to pain. For example, an FM patient stubs his or her toe, and the pain sensation can become a pain for hours or even days later. On the other hand, hyperesthesia is oversensitivity of the sense of touch. For example, you are under a blanket, but you feel like being trapped under a massive sheet of metal.

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#3 Environmental Sensitivity

FM patients are often affected intensely by their surrounding environment. What most people think as minor hindrances can become significant obstacles for FM patients. The heightened sensitivities also include the patient’s senses of sight, touch, and smell. 

Some environmental sensitivity includes the smell of fresh paint, cigarette smoke, and chemical-based products. Also, typical to moderate sounds can become intense and loud, and also certain types of lighting can be too bright.

#4 Problems with Concentration

Fibromyalgia affects a person’s memory and concentration. Many patients experience a mental feeling of cloudiness or sluggishness, called fibro-fog. It is unclear if this is due to the exhaustion that accompanies FM or a different reason altogether.

#5 Fatigue

People with fibromyalgia often complain of being tired most of the time whenever they experience a flare-up. Usually, they wake up in the morning yet feel tired and continue to have a lack of energy all through the day. Many patients find fibromyalgia relief in Clear Lake through upper cervical care.

#6 Getting Enough Rest Can Be an Issue

Insomnia and disturbed sleep are nothing new for those with fibromyalgia. Constant pain may often prevent a person from having a deep sleep. Also, due to the nature of FM, it often disturbs your sleep cycle and also prevents you from getting enough rest and sleep. These reasons often add up over time, which deteriorates your overall health and well-being.

#7 Joint Pain

Most individuals with fibromyalgia suffer from pain in their joints. The ache affects the elbows, ankles, knees, and shoulders. It often forces the patient with FM to visit their doctor to seek much-needed relief. In some cases, this causes misdiagnosis of the condition as arthritis. It happens when the patient does not tell the doctor of having muscle pain in addition to experiencing joint pain.

#8 Persistent Headaches

Fibromyalgia patients often complain about having chronic migraines or headaches that are so severe and crippling. These headaches sometimes suddenly develop due to environmental factors like strong scents, bright lights, loud noises.

#9 Bowel Problems

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is not uncommon among FM patients. Some of them may suffer from constipation, while others have diarrhea instead.

#10 Muscle Spasms

FM patients experience extreme, regular spasms that appear to have no cause. Sometimes muscles will suddenly go into a spasm. As a result, one or more muscles are affected. Muscle spasms may occur at night while you are sleeping. It can be intense enough that it wakes you up.

Seek Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care If You Show These Signs

Clinical studies discovered that fibromyalgia has a link to the misalignment in the bones (the C1 and C2 vertebrae) of the upper cervical spine. If either of these two bones move out of position, it may start putting the brainstem under pressure and stress. The brainstem is part of the central nervous system, and if it begins transmitting the wrong signals to the brain, it may change the way the body processes pain. As a result, fibromyalgia develops.

Here at the Northern Roots Family Spinal Care, you will find fibromyalgia relief in Clear Lake, Wisconsin We use a procedure that does not cause any further pain on the back or neck. Upper cervical chiropractic is gentle, precise, and safe care. We realign the misaligned bones and move them back into place naturally. Thus, the body begins healing correctly. Many patients see a great improvement in their debilitating symptoms of fibromyalgia.

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