Fibromyalgia is one of the more common ailments which affects roughly 3 – 5 million people, that’s about 1 in every 5 people who deal with the condition.
This is a syndrome that is followed by debilitating pain in the whole body. The whole body experiences excruciating pain, so if you are dealing with chronic muscle pain it doesn’t necessarily mean you have fibromyalgia. However you may need to take a look at the list of symptoms below if you are constantly dealing with muscle pain, If your symptoms relate to any of the ones listed below then maybe you need to follow up with a specialist.
Digestion and Stomach issues:
Muscle twitching during your sleep
Feel like falling down during your sleep
Feeling lethargic and tired every morning, and having difficulty sleeping
Tingling or burning in the upper limbs
Poor balance and coordination
Difficulty pronouncing familiar words and language impairments
Recognizing familiar surroundings and direction difficulties
Concentration issues, zoning out, short-term memory, and unable to differentiate color shades
Anxiety, panic attacks, and depression
Irritability with no reason and mood swings
Some other symptoms may also include the following:
Migraines and Headaches
Chocolate cravings and carbohydrate cravings
Unexplained gaining or losing weight
However all of these symptoms are not specific, as they can be caused from by other health issues too, so don’t fret if you experience some of them. This condition can be difficult to diagnose because it can be mistaken with other issues. Although there are still no fibromyalgia tests that are 100% specific. The American College of Rheumatology: set out the following criteria for someone to be diagnosed that is dealing with fibromyalgia:
Pain that was felt in all 4 body quadrants for at least three months.
11/18 tender points, with the pain, felt when palpated.
Negative results on any other tests for some other diseases.
Experts use a set of tests for diagnosing fibromyalgia and ruling out every other condition, such as the following:
Anti-cellular Antibody (ANA)
Complete Blood Count
Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)
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