whatsymptoms to look for to diagnose if this is fibromyalgia?
Pain in the main symptom of fibromyalgia. It may be mild to severe.
Painful areas are called tender points. Tender points are found in the soft tissue on the back of the neck, shoulders, chest, lower back, hips, shins, elbows, and knees. The pain then spreads out from these areas.
The pain may feel like a deep ache, or a shooting, burning pain.
The joints are not affected, although the pain may feel like it is coming from the joints.
People with fibromyalgia tend to wake up with body aches and stiffness. For some patients, pain improves during the day and gets worse at night. Some patients have pain all day long.
Pain may get worse with activity, cold or damp weather, anxiety, and stress.
Fatigue, depressed mood, and sleep problems are seen in almost all patients with fibromyalgia. Many say that they can't get to sleep or stay asleep, and they feel tired when they wake up.
Other symptoms of fibromyalgia may include:
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Memory and concentration problems
Numbness and tingling in hands and feet
Reduced ability to exercise
Tension or migraine headaches
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Just to add some oddities to it, we develope funny things like dry mucous membranes, ridges in our nails, and night sweats. The pain you have is diffuse, on both sides of your body, and lasting at least 3 months. Here is a web site that is a good reference for fm : www.fmnetnews.com/fibro-basics/symptoms
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