What are the physical symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is characterized by many different symptoms, and it is this fact that has made this condition so difficult to recognize and treat. In fact, the diagnosis of fibromyalgia is often one of exclusion—first conditions that share fibromyalgia symptoms, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Lyme disease, etc., must be ruled out.
The most common symptom of fibromyalgia is chronic muscle pain that may include the tendons, ligaments, bursa, and joints. The muscle pain generally comes and goes, but may be aggravated by physical or emotional stress. Other symptoms commonly associated with fibromyalgia include stiffness, fatigue, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet (paresthesia), weakness, swelling, cold sensitivity, low grade fever, insomnia, dry eyes, dry skin, tooth grinding, painful urination, impotence, painful menstruation, as well as other symptoms.
In addition, many other physical conditions have been found to coexist with fibromyalgia, including Raynaud Syndrome, migraine headaches, chest pain, mitral valve prolapse, irritable bowel syndrome, temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), irritable bladder, depression, and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and hypoglycemia.