You may often complain about the pain in your shoulders, legs, back and elsewhere in the body, but do you’ve an idea how long the pain lasts?
Are you facing any other unusual and weird symptom as well? Does it progress as the day ends? Don’t you think that you’re taking your condition for granted?
Well, fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal condition in which your brain goes crazy about pain processing. Amazed?
In fibromyalgia, your brain amplifies the normal pain signals and you frequently experience generalized pain throughout your body. We all dismiss the pain signals occurring in our daily routine.
We pay attention to our condition when pain and other symptoms are uncontrollable and you’ve no other way to deal with the symptoms except medications and other therapies.
Potential causes of fibromyalgia are physical trauma or massive psychological stress. Fibromyalgia is a complex disorder. And, its presentation varies from person to person.
However, in a recent study, it is revealed that younger people diagnosed with fibromyalgia tend to have the poor quality of life and more severe symptoms as compared to the older people with fibromyalgia.
So, don’t even try to dismiss single abnormal symptoms occurring in your life, because it could be an indication of something more severe than your expectation.
Below you’ll find the worst symptoms of fibromyalgia that you should keep an eye on it and report to the medical emergency whenever it is exacerbating.
1- Pain on fire
Yes! You can’t bear the pain associated with the fibromyalgia. If you’re experiencing the stabbing, pins & needles, burning, tingling or mixed pain in different parts of the body, then, closely look out your sleep cycle and energy levels because fibromyalgia is triggered by disturbed sleep.
The interesting fact about the fibromyalgia pain is the pain occurs with no apparent reason. Some people may experience the pain triggers when the weather changes, whereas, another group of people reported that pain is at peak when they undergo with any psychological stress or emotions.
In fact, in Journal of Rheumatology, a study reported that people with fibromyalgia have 11 to 18 tender points.
You may feel the pain on your collarbones, elbows, the upper part of chest, upper back, back of the neck, upper back, and the upper and middle portions of buttock due to fibromyalgia.
However, the majority of people also reported that pain flares up whenever any triggering stimuli strike you.
2- Feeling exhausted and excruciated
You had a hectic day at work and you really need a half hour of a power nap to charge up your mind. You’re feeling extremely low, dull and dim. Why is this happening?
Even though, you’ve taken a power nap, but still, nothing has been changed and you’ve low energy levels. Reason of this condition could be fibromyalgia!
As you know that pain is the cardinal symptom of fibromyalgia, you may have disturbed sleep at night due to pain.
If your sleep quality is compromised, your entire biological clock will be disturbed and eventually, compromise your functional activities.
3- Touch sensitivity
This symptom is the absolute indication of something is going wrong with you. Touch sensitivity is not common in every condition, but, for people with fibromyalgia, this condition is not new.
Hyperesthesia and hyperalgesia are two types of touch sensitivities found in people with fibromyalgia. If you’re becoming over sensitive to the sensory input, then, this condition is known as hyperesthesia and if your pain sensations are escalating due to sensory input, then, this condition is termed as hyperalgesia.
In severe cases, you can experience both, hyperesthesia and hyperalgesia, but the intensity may vary.
4- Fragrance sensitivity
Due to the touch sensitivities, fragrance sensitivities can be developed. Because fibromyalgia is the indication of the energy crises and over-sensitive to touch, noise and sound, it would be trouble for your brain to process the signals from the noise.
However, anti-seizure medication gabapentin (Neurontin) can help in decreasing the sensitivities. Talk to your doctor and then take a medicine!
5- Sweating heavily
Though, after exercise and other strenuous workouts, excessive sweating is acceptable, but, if you’re sweating heavily while doing activities of daily living, then, you need to take it very seriously.
Don’t confuse it with fever, because it is happening due to the autonomic dysfunction. Increase in sweating is not going to help to maintain your body temperature.
If your body temperature is not under control, it could be more life-threatening. So, do some lifestyle changes and keep yourself cool and dry to maintain your thermoregulation!
6- Anxiety and depression
Yet, every third person in our society is suffering from anxiety and depression at least once in their life.
The Journal of Pain published a study in 2015 and discovered that patients with fibromyalgia have a greater risk of getting depression and anxiety more frequently and the people fighting with depression are at higher risk of developing fibromyalgia.
Patients suffering from anxiety and depression have enhanced chronic pain perception. Due to this reason, the mental illnesses can contribute to the development of the fibromyalgia.
7- Chronic headaches
When you’re taking the excessive stress, your neck, upper body and shoulder muscles get tensed and taut. As a result, it will lead to a headache or migraine headache.
If a headache is persistent, go and get checked immediately, because, it could be the warning sign as well.
8- Digestive system upset
Along with above-mentioned symptoms, if your digestive system is upset, it is because of the fibromyalgia.
You can also experience the abdominal pain. Even, you can also encounter cramping, diarrhea, and constipation. In fact, numerous patients with Irritable Bowel syndrome (IBS) are seldom diagnosed with the fibromyalgia.
If the digestive upset is not recovering even after abandoning drinks and other fatty foods, fibromyalgia could be the link to digestive issues.
Undoubtedly, the worst and first symptom of fibromyalgia is a pain, but its symptoms are not limited. More generalized your pain, worst symptoms you’ll encounter.
However, how are you picking up the symptoms and how early are you getting the treatment matter a lot in your progress.