PUBLISHED01/20/2017

The aches and pain of fibromyalgia

The Signs and Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is one of the most common musculoskeletal conditions. This condition is a common and complex chronic pain disorder that causes pain and tenderness. Fibromyalgia can occur throughout the body or can migrate to one point in the body. This condition affects approximately 10 million Americans and occurs in men, women, and children. Although symptoms vary from person to person, there are many signs and symptoms that accompany fibromyalgia.


 

The Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

There are many different symptoms of fibromyalgia. Many people with this condition experience symptoms including:

  • widespread pain
  • fatigue
  • hypersensitivity to cold and heat
  • dryness of mouth, nose, and eyes
  • incontinence
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • numbness or tingling in the fingers and feet
  • stiffness
  • sleep problems
  • cognitive difficulties
  • depression
  • chronic headaches
  • pain
  • cramping

These symptoms can vary from person to person. Many doctors group fibromyalgia with osteoarthritis, bursitis, and tendinitis because of its similar symptoms. However, the pain associated with bursitis and tendinitis is more localized while fibromyalgia is more widespread throughout the body.


 

Treatments for Fibromyalgia

There are several different types of treatments for fibromyalgia. One of the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia is widespread pain. This pain can often be alleviated with several options including a combination of over-the-counter and prescription medications, physical therapy, aquatic physical therapy, and natural remedies. Together, these options can help alleviate the pain. Many clients find that stress can make fibromyalgia worse so it is important for people suffering from this condition to frequently implement stress reduction techniques. Activities such as yoga, meditation, light aerobics, or seeking psychological support from a professional therapist are great options to reduce chronic stress.

Just as symptoms of fibromyalgia vary from person, the treatments also vary. For more information on treating your fibromyalgia with Pain and Spine Specialists, call us today!

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