Fibromyalgia is often referred to as a muscular syndrome since this condition doesn’t present a defined pathology or diagnostic pathway, making it very difficult to diagnose. Fibromyalgia presents itself as a chronic condition where the patient develops widespread body pain apart from extreme tenderness or soreness in the muscles. Even today, the exact cause of such body pains in Fibromyalgia has not been decoded with some research work suggesting that the muscular discomfort is largely due to a viral infection. Yes, Fibromyalgia is not grouped under neuromuscular disorders since a connection between the muscle pain and nerves is highly suspect here.

Most healthcare practitioners like to define Fibromyalgia as a muscle disease wherein the affected individual needs daily management for dealing with his discomfort of the muscles, joints, tendons and soft tissues that sometimes become inflamed. Fibromyalgia is often called Fibromyalgia Syndrome or FMS. Previously, Fibromyalgia was referred to as Fibrositis due to the pain and inflammation it causes among the muscular joints of the body.

Nature of Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Fibromyalgia symptoms also include sleeping problems, fatigue, headaches, anxiety and depression which might suggest of a neurologic connection. However, it is largely believed that the pain and lethargy that most Fibromyalgia patients suffer from induce so many correlated problems in the day-to-day life of the patient that depression or anxiety is a natural outcome. Most Fibromyalgia symptoms are seen to emerge among women between the ages of 20 and 50 years. Usually, Fibromyalgia doesn’t affect children and is more common in the 30-to-45 age group.

Understanding Fibromyalgia Symptoms in Detail
Some of the most common Fibromyalgia symptoms have been explained below:

  • Fibromyalgia patients are overly sensitive to physical or emotional trauma wherein the smallest of pain-like or trauma-like stimulus can induce widespread body-aches. Such patients have a very low pain threshold.
  • Many Fibromyalgia patients show chronic sleep disturbances which is again related to the bodily discomfort where the body stiffness and pain doesn’t allow the sufferer to sleep properly.
  • The patient is likely to develop tender points that are essentially the precursor to most episodes of body pain. Tender points are very sensitive to the slightest of physical contact and are usually found in the soft tissue of the chest, lower back, hips, neck, shoulders, shins, knees and elbows. The pain originates from these points and then spreads to other parts of the body.
  • Often the body pain is felt in other forms such as a shooting burning sensation or a feeling of the skin being crawled, often causing itching. Such paints usually tend to get worse at nights. The pain can also get worse with the most minimal of changes in the weather.
  • A Fibromyalgia patient is most likely to complain of fatigue that tends to take a chronic form, creating a sense of malaise. This is why Fibromyalgia are often recommended some form of psychotic medication to help them deal with depressed mood.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms often surface with other conditions, such as:

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Lyme disease

Less Common Fibromyalgia Symptoms:

  • Memory problems
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Numbness in hands/feet
  • Migraine