Unfortunately, fibromyalgia is a common problem that affects 3.5 million people, or 1 in 5 people.
This syndrome is characterized by a debilitating pain throughout the body. However, chronic muscle pain does not necessarily mean that you have fibromyalgia because it also causes other symptoms.
However, if your muscles hurt all the time, you should review the list of fibromyalgia symptoms and see if you need to find an appropriate treatment, or you can rule out fibromyalgia as a potential cause.
The symptoms of fibromyalgia:
Muscle and body tissue
Mild to severe pain in different parts of the body
Soft and lumpy breasts (tumors of the breast tissue, as a superimposed condition)
Stomach and digestive problems.
Swelling, nausea, abdominal cramps and pelvic pain.
Allergies and sinus problems
Itchy ears and ear pain
Ringing in the ears
Allergies, sensitivity to molds and yeasts.
Nasal and retronasal drip.
Pain, similar to a heart attack
Sensory problems and sensitivity.
Difficulty driving at night and in low light conditions.
Sensitive to odors, light, noise, temperature, climate and pressure changes.
You want to fall while you sleep.
Even during sleep
Sleep disorders / broken sleep patterns, feeling tired and lethargic every morning
The teeth are creaking
Evolution of speech and difficulties in pronouncing familiar words.
Directional difficulties and recognition of the family environment.
Poor coordination and balance
Eliminate often problems of concentration, inability to distinguish shadows and short-term memory.
Burning or tingling in the upper extremity
Hair, skin and nails
Nails too ribbed or curved.
Skin, bruises, or scars that appear slightly or mottled
Mental health problems
Mood changes, irritability for no reason.
Anxiety, depression, panic attacks.
Loss of libido
PMS and other menstrual disorders
Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
Headaches and migraines.
Changes in vision
They crave carbohydrates and chocolate.
However, these symptoms are nonspecific, which means that they lead to other health problems, so you should not jump to any conclusions.
This condition is also not easy to diagnose because it can be confused with other problems and there are no specific tests of fibromyalgia that are 100% correct.
A diagnosis of fibromyalgia requires compliance with the following criteria established by the American College of Rheumatology:
The generalized pain felt for at least 3 months in the four quadrants of the body.
11 of the 18 tender points, palpable pain.
Negative findings for other diseases in diagnostic tests.
To rule out other conditions and diagnose fibromyalgia, doctors use a series of diagnostic tests, such as:
Full blood image
Antinuclear antibodies (ANA)
Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)