About 10 million Americans are affected by fibromyalgia. It is a very common condition. There are even people who have it, but aren’t aware of its presence. There are also doctors who can’t recognize fibromyalgia in a patient and often misdiagnose him/her.
It’s very important to know whether you have this condition so that you could relieve yourself from the pain as well as the unpleasant symptoms.
The condition can’t be cured, but some medicines, cognitive behavioral therapies as well asgentle exercise can help you.
Muscle pain is the first thing that people think of when they hear about fibromyalgia.
People with fibromyalgia also feel tenderness to touch which spreads throughout their body as well as many other problems. This is a condition which affects their emotional, mental physical health.
CAUSES AND DIAGNOSIS
It still isn’t clear what causes fibromyalgia. You can’t prevent this condition, but you can control it. You just have to be aware that you have it.
There isn’t a test that doctors can use to diagnose fibromyalgia. The doctor only asks the patient whether he/she experiences some of the symptoms below.
The doctor also performs various tests and methods like: antinuclear antibody, blood count, rheumatoid factor, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, thyroid test, MRIand X-rays.
Here are the most common symptoms. In case you’ve noticed some of them, visit a specialist.
MUSCLE AND BODY
- Muscle twitching
- Morning stiffness
- Tender and lumpy breasts
- Mild to severe pain which may spread to other parts of the body
PROBLEMS WITH SLEEPING
- Grinding teeth
- Hypnic jerk (otherwise known as the feeling of falling while sleeping)
- Difficulty sleeping/Broken sleeping pattern, you feel very tired and lethargic every morning
- Muscle twitching during sleep
SINUS & ALLERGY PROBLEMS
- Ringing ears
- Thick mucus
- A runny nose as well as post nasal drip
- Shortness of breath
- Earaches and itchy ears
- Sensitivity to molds and yeasts as well as allergies