Fibromyalgia Symptoms Checklist:

The fibromyalgia symptoms that are most common are:

  • Chronic muscle pain, muscle spasms or tightness, weakness in the limbs, and leg cramps

  • Moderate or severe fatigue and decreased energy

  • Insomnia or waking up feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep

  • Stiffness upon waking or after staying in one position for too long

  • Difficulty remembering, concentrating, and performing simple mental tasks

  • Abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and constipation alternating with diarrhea (irritable bowel syndrome)

  • Tension or migraine headaches

  • Jaw and facial tenderness

  • Sensitivity to one or more of the following: odors, noise, bright lights, medications, certain foods, and cold

  • Feeling anxious or depressed

  • Numbness or tingling in the face, arms, hands, legs, or feet

  • Increase in urinary urgency or frequency (irritable bladder)

  • Reduced tolerance for exercise and muscle pain after exercise

  • A feeling of swelling (without actual swelling) in the hands and feet

  • Painful menstrual periods

  • Dizziness
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    Tender Points and Trigger Points

    People suffering from fibromyalgia eventually develop tender points (also known as) trigger points, that are distributed all over the body, but concentrate around the neck and shoulders, and around the low back. Tender points which we identify as trigger points in massage are not well understood. The studies of affected tissue have yielded no useful information about how these areas develop.

    Worrying that your husband considers you a burden, or that your kids question why you aren't like other moms.

    A word of wisdom: Be more aware of the fact that complaining about your fibromyalgia symptoms all the time is not a good idea. It can become so overwhelming that sometimes it gets in the way of relations with the husband and the kids and with friends. Rather, if you could start talking about your personal pain less, and talk about your advocacy efforts more would certainly be wiser. Begin to show a can-do attitude is more helpful than complaining all the time.

    Support Groups

    As with many chronic diseases, fibromyalgia (some spell it) fibro-myalgia seems to be helped by active participation in a support group.I recommend that you find a group in your area.

    Also, to obtain more information on this mysterious disease:
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    Arthritis Organization America/World

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