Quick Look at Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
- Pain in various parts of the body including muscles and joints is one of the chief symptoms of Fibromyalgia
- Body parts very sensitive to touch and painful on pressure
- Tender points on the body along with other symptoms of Fibromyalgia
- Chronic fatigue
- Morning stiffness
- Tingling and numbness of the hands and legs
- Sleep disturbances
- Gastro-intestinal and urinary disturbances
- Chronic headaches
- Painful periods
- Extreme sensitivity to smell, noises, light, touch and weather changes
- Inability to pay attention and concentrate on mental tasks. This is known as "fibro fog" and is one of the peculiar symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
- Memory loss
The tender points on the body are very helpful for the diagnostic purpose of Fibromyalgia.
- Points 1 & 2: Base of the neck on both sides
- Points 3 & 4: Mid-chest near the second rib on both sides.
- Points 5 & 6: Bony portion of the hip on both sides.
- Points 7 & 8: Both knees
- Points 9 & 10: Back of the neck, just below the head
- Points 11 & 12: The highest portion between the shoulder and the neck on both sides.
- Points 13 & 14: Upper back near the center on both sides.
- Points 15 & 16: Both elbows
- Points 17 & 18: Upper portion of the buttocks, both sides.
Patients suffering from Fibromyalgia may also have other co-existing conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, certain stress related disorders like Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, etc.