A close look at #fibromyalgia symptoms…
There are a large number of symptoms of #fibromyalgia but the main symptoms as listed on the Fibromyalgia Support Network are -It is very important that other possible causes are ruled out. The number of, and severity of the rest of the symptoms, seems to be different for every person. They can also vary from day to day, even minute to minute. You could be walking along limping from a severe pain in your left leg for a few minutes, that slowly wears off, only to have a worse pain in your other leg next time you start walking.
The main symptoms of #fibromyalgia include:
- Chronic widespread pain without apparent cause
- Sleep Disturbance
- Cognitive Dysfunction
- Morning Stiffness
- Cramping and Muscle Spasms
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Digestive Problems
- Headaches and Migraines
- Skin Sensations
- Balance Problems
- Sensitivities – to just about everything are common as well. Sensitivities to:
- Touch – It can feel ‘uncomfortable’ to be touched. Tickling can be completely unbearable.
- Heat – sweats and feelings of breathlessness
- Cold – increases in pain and difficulty getting warm
- Changes in the weather – pain increases
- Side effects from meds – more susceptible to side effects and side effects can be more severe. Also, a med that works well for one person can make another very ill.
- Foods – Common foods that people become especially sensitive to include chilli, dairy, gluten and fatty foods.
- Light – Bright or glary light can be an issue. So can seeing in low light levels.
- Sound – Loud sound can cause tinnitus. It can also be very difficult to separate sounds, like when talking to someone in a noisy room.
- Taste – Some tastes can appear stronger than others, and this can vary.
- Smell – a sense of smell can be diminished, but it can also be more sensitive. Can cause nausea and headaches.
- … the list goes on and on.
For me personally from this long list of symptoms I suffer mostly with chronic widespread pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, digestive problems, balance problems and most definitely some of the sensitivities listed above. What do you suffer from most?
The Fibromyalgia Network that has this list is based in Western Australia and was formed in Perth by Dr Kaye Brand, Physiotherapist. Kaye was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in the mid 90’s, finding no support and little understanding of the challenges facing those with this diagnosis. She studied overseas, including a scholarship to the USA on Advocacy Training for Fibromyalgia sufferers. In 2007 Kaye founded the Fibromyalgia Support Network WA along with Sian Doughty, the earliest member. The Network became incorporated in 2011 and was granted a Charitable Collectors License.