Do you also have Fibromyalgia?

caragypsy
By caragypsy Latest Reply 2010-01-18 20:55:55 -0600
Started 2010-01-17 13:25:57 -0600

I found this on a Fibromyalgia site. I was surprised at all the symptoms and how many that I have.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms Checklist

You've probably read about fibromyalgia symptoms such as pain, fatigue and fibro fog, but the list of possible signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia are far-reaching and body-wide. The following "monster list" of fibromyalgia symptoms is adapted from one put together by leading fibromyalgia expert Devin Starlanyl.
Many of these fibromyalgia symptoms also can be caused by other ailments and this list isn't intended as a diagnostic tool. Knowing the full range of symptoms, however, can help you track them either to help your doctor diagnose you properly or to help you identify triggers.
• Learn how doctors diagnose fibromyalgia.
• Find a doctor who treats fibromyalgia.
Some of the following are noted as overlapping conditions, which means they commonly occur with fibromyalgia but actually are conditions that need to be diagnosed and treated separately.
People with fibromyalgia can have any combination of the following symptoms, and to varying degrees of severity.
FIBROMYALGIA SYMPTOMS CHECKLIST
General Fibromyalgia Symptoms
• Delayed reactions to physical exertion or stressful events
• Other family members with fibromyalgia (genetic predisposition)
• Sweats
• Unexplained weight gain or loss
• Cravings for carbohydrate and chocolate
• Headaches & migraines
• Vision changes, including rapidly worsening vision
Muscle & Tissue-Related Fibromyalgia Symptoms
• Pain that ranges from mild to severe, and may move around the body (See The 7 Types of Fibromyalgia Pain)
• Morning stiffness
• Muscle twitches
• Diffuse swelling
• Fibrocystic (lumpy, tender) breasts (as an overlapping condition)
Sinus & Allergy-Related Fibromyalgia Symptoms
• Allergies
• Post nasal drip
• Runny nose
• Mold & yeast sensitivity
• Shortness of breath
• Earaches & itchy ears
• Ringing ears (tinitis)
• Thick secretions
Sleep-Related Fibromyalgia Symptoms
• Light and/or broken sleep pattern with unrefreshing sleep
• Fatigue
• Sleep starts (falling sensations)
• Twitchy muscles at night
• Teeth grinding (bruxism)
Reproductive Fibromyalgia Symptoms
• Menstrual problems
• PMS (as an overlapping condition)
• Loss of libido
• Impotence
Abdominal & Digestive Fibromyalgia Symptoms
• Bloating & nausea
• Abdominal cramps
• Pelvic pain
• Irritable bowel syndrome (as an overlapping condition)
• Urinary frequency
Cognitive/Neurological Fibromyalgia Symptoms
• Difficulty speaking known words, other language impairments (dysphasia)
• Directional disorientation
• Poor balance and coordination
• Paresthesias in the upper limbs (tingling or burning sensations)
• Loss of ability to distinguish some shades of colors
• Short-term memory impairment
• Confusion
• Trouble concentrating
• Staring into space before brain "kicks in"
• Inability to recognize familiar surroundings
Sensory Fibromyalgia Symptoms
• Sensitivity to odors
• Sensitivity to pressure changes, temperature & humidity
• Sensitivity to light
• Sensitivity to noise
• Night driving difficulty
• Sensory overload
• fibromyalgia
Emotional Fibromyalgia Symptoms
• Panic attacks
• Depression (as an overlapping condition)
• Tendency to cry easily
• Free-floating anxiety (not associated with situation or object)
• Mood swings
• Unaccountable irritability
Heart-Related Fibromyalgia Symptoms
• Mitral valve prolapse (as an overlapping condition)
• Rapid, fluttery, irregular heartbeat
• Pain that mimics heart attack, frequently from costochondritis (as an overlapping condition)
Skin, Hair & Nail-Related Fibromyalgia Symptoms
• Pronounced nail ridges
• Nails that curve under
• Mottled skin
• Bruising or scaring easily
• Hair loss (temporary)
• Tissue overgrowth (non-cancerous tumors called lipomas, ingrown hairs, heavy and splitting cuticles, adhesions)
Miscellaneous Fibromyalgia Symptoms
• Hemorrhoids
• Nose bleeds


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Monalisa
Monalisa 2010-01-18 18:39:54 -0600 Report

FIBROMYALGIA SYMPTOMS CHECKLIST
General Fibromyalgia Symptoms
• Delayed reactions to physical exertion or stressful events
• Other family members with fibromyalgia (genetic predisposition)
• Sweats
y- • Unexplained weight gain or loss
y- • Cravings for carbohydrate and chocolate
y- • Headaches & migraines
• Vision changes, including rapidly worsening vision
Muscle & Tissue-Related Fibromyalgia Symptoms
y- • Pain that ranges from mild to severe, and may move around the body (See The 7 Types of Fibromyalgia Pain)
y- • Morning stiffness
y- • Muscle twitches
• Diffuse swelling
• Fibrocystic (lumpy, tender) breasts (as an overlapping condition)
Sinus & Allergy-Related Fibromyalgia Symptoms
• Allergies
y- • Post nasal drip
• Runny nose
• Mold & yeast sensitivity
y- • Shortness of breath
y- • Earaches & itchy ears
y- • Ringing ears (tinitis)
• Thick secretions
Sleep-Related Fibromyalgia Symptoms
y- • Light and/or broken sleep pattern with unrefreshing sleep
y- • Fatigue
y- • Sleep starts (falling sensations)
y- • Twitchy muscles at night
y- • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
Reproductive Fibromyalgia Symptoms
y- • Menstrual problems
y- • PMS (as an overlapping condition)
y- • Loss of libido
• Impotence
Abdominal & Digestive Fibromyalgia Symptoms
• Bloating & nausea
• Abdominal cramps
y—-• Pelvic pain
y- • Irritable bowel syndrome (as an overlapping condition)
y- • Urinary frequency
Cognitive/Neurological Fibromyalgia Symptoms
• Difficulty speaking known words, other language impairments (dysphasia)
y- • Directional disorientation
• Poor balance and coordination
y- • Paresthesias in the upper limbs (tingling or burning sensations)
y- • Loss of ability to distinguish some shades of colors
y- • Short-term memory impairment
• Confusion
y- • Trouble concentrating
y- • Staring into space before brain "kicks in"
y- • Inability to recognize familiar surroundings
Sensory Fibromyalgia Symptoms
y- • Sensitivity to odors
• Sensitivity to pressure changes, temperature & humidity
• Sensitivity to light
y- • Sensitivity to noise
y- • Night driving difficulty
• Sensory overload
• fibromyalgia
Emotional Fibromyalgia Symptoms
y- • Panic attacks
y- • Depression (as an overlapping condition)
y- • Tendency to cry easily
y- • Free-floating anxiety (not associated with situation or object)
y- • Mood swings
y- • Unaccountable irritability
Heart-Related Fibromyalgia Symptoms
• Mitral valve prolapse (as an overlapping condition)
y- • Rapid, fluttery, irregular heartbeat
• Pain that mimics heart attack, frequently from costochondritis (as an overlapping condition)
Skin, Hair & Nail-Related Fibromyalgia Symptoms
• Pronounced nail ridges
• Nails that curve under
• Mottled skin
y- • Bruising or scaring easily
• Hair loss (temporary)
y- • Tissue overgrowth (non-cancerous tumors called lipomas, ingrown hairs, heavy and splitting cuticles, adhesions)
Miscellaneous Fibromyalgia Symptoms
y- • Hemorrhoids
y- • Nose bleeds

Wow! I've had all those symptoms! most of them come and go I passed 3yrs. in severe pain that changed location about every 3mo. I couldn't be touched because it felt like fire burning, even my clothes hurt me , that led me to a severe depression, the Dr.s thought I was a hipochondriac they even gave me electroconvulsive treatments (which worsened my symptoms) but then they started me on cymbalta and neurontin and the pain just lightened up.
Sorry to hear that so many of us have thet terrible and mysterious disease.

…LISA

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highlandcitygirl
highlandcitygirl 2010-01-18 14:06:39 -0600 Report

well at last, a reason for being crazy ! by the way anti depression medicine doesn't help much. i have neuropathy too and cannot tolerate neurontin (gapetin) or lyrica. i take tylenol for the pain, its like peeing on a forest fire ! i say things differently than "normal" people and am looked at like a bacteria under a microscope ! this is the new normal for me, i hate it !

SuzyAttendorn
SuzyAttendorn 2010-01-18 20:55:55 -0600 Report

I took Gabapentin for a while…became a zombie. Tried Lyrica and my vision got squirly. But last fall they tried me on Savella, and it does give me some relief. Certainly not a cure all, but the best they have come up with so far.
Suzy

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2010-01-18 12:35:07 -0600 Report

Well, I have never been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, but, when I went over the list, I certainly have a lot of the symptoms; didn't do any counting, I was afraid to! LOL

Turtle
Turtle 2010-01-17 22:16:56 -0600 Report

I have fibromyalgia and have almost everything on this list. I am in constant pain. It all started in a simple thumb joint oh so long ago. And ravaged my body quickly. My body feels like a war zone.

Thank you for this post. Maybe some of us could get together and just talk and be of support to each other.

Turtle

highlandcitygirl
highlandcitygirl 2010-01-17 18:17:51 -0600 Report

oh gee whiz ! i am in a mess, maybe i should just stay home. even church is getting to be an ordeal ! is emotionally sensitive part of this mess ?

caragypsy
caragypsy 2010-01-18 12:46:22 -0600 Report

Yes they are.
Emotional Fibromyalgia Symptoms
• Panic attacks
• Depression (as an overlapping condition)
• Tendency to cry easily
• Free-floating anxiety (not associated with situation or object)
• Mood swings
• Unaccountable irritability
Cara

SuzyAttendorn
SuzyAttendorn 2010-01-17 16:11:46 -0600 Report

I have Fibromyalgia, and out of this list, I have 29 of the symptoms. When I was first diagnosed, I mostly just had migraines and the sore spots. But about 5 years later, I became unable to work. I have spent the last 2 years in tremendous pain, I have severe depression, panic attacks, sensitivity to bright light, and the list goes on and on. I have just recently received notice that I have a hearing date for Social Security Disability in March. I just pray that it goes thru, as it has been such a strain on us to just live on one paycheck. I am thankful to have a husband that is understanding and helpful. To those of you going thru the same thing…I feel for you.
Suzy

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