The primary symptoms of fibromyalgia include widespread musculoskeletal pain, severe fatigue, and disturbed sleep patterns. People with fibromyalgia have extreme sensitivity throughout their body and often times skin. Many people describe a soft touch on their skin as “painful” and their whole body as continuously aching. The pain may be described as shooting, stabbing, or a burning sensation or a more consistent feeling like their muscles have been pulled or overworked. Fibromyalgia includes pain in the muscles and/or ligaments, while tendons can feel “stiff” or “painful” early in the day and in areas of the body that are used most often. Our doctors and staff are well equipped and trained to treat your Fibromyalgia successfully.
It is also common for people with fibromyalgia to feel excessively fatigued, taking an enormous amount of energy to get through the activities of the day. The degree of fatigue a person suffering from fibromyalgia feels varies from person to person, and has often been described as a “brain fog”, such as difficulty in concentrating as well as bodily fatigue as if one’s legs and arms are tied to concrete blocks. Another common symptom is disturbances in sleep patterns, known as a sleep disorder. Most commonly, people with fibromyalgia are able to fall asleep but have a hard time remaining in deep Stage 4 sleep, known as the most restful stage of sleep. Therefore, people often wake up feeling completely weighted down and unable to move.
Other symptoms include irritable bowel syndrome, severe headaches and/or temporomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome (also known as TMJ). These three symptoms have been found in 40-70% of people with fibromyalgia.
It is estimated that about 2-3% of the general population may suffer from symptoms of fibromyalgia. It has been reported that more women than men are afflicted with fibromyalgia, and that it shows up in people of all ages. Psychotherapy and medication are used to treat fibromyalgia.