FMS Symptoms

Patients with fibromyalgia usually ache all over, sleep poorly, are stiff on waking, and are tired all day. They are prone to headaches, memory and concentration problems, dizziness, numbness and tingling, itching, fluid retention, crampy abdominal or pelvic pain and diarrhea, and several other symptoms. There are no diagnostic lab or x-ray abnormalities, but a physician can confirm the diagnosis by finding multiple tender points in characteristic locations. Fibromyalgia often runs in families, suggesting an inherited predisposition. It may lie dormant until triggered by an injury, stress, or sleep disturbance. It is closely related to the chronic fatigue and irritable bowel syndromes.

In other words FMS means PAIN!! - a very simple 4-letter word that can be a nightmare for a human body. The pain of Fibromyalgia has no limits. The pain has been described as deep muscular aching, burning, throbbing, shooting, and stabbing. This is a good place to link you to an excellent article written by A.L. Shaw, M.D. that really explains the FMS pain we feel. Advanced Pain Care.

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome - that is, a group of symptoms defining an illness. The defining symptom is chronic muscle pain lasting 3 months or more, with tenderness in specific muscle points. Other symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Sleep disorders
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Temporomandibular joint pains (TMJ syndrome)
  • Feelings of numbness and tingling
  • Feelings of joint pains
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Chemical Sensitivity
  • Itching
  • Memory Loss
  • Lack of concentration

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