Fibromyalgia, aka, hell on earth.

Aug 05, 2010 - 5 comments
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Fibromyalgia

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Chronic Pain



Signs and symptoms
There are many variable symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, but the condition almost always starts with chronic widespread pain and pain upon palpation in particular areas called “tender points.” Most people with fibromyalgia also have some degree of chronic fatigue and interrupted sleep.
Other common symptoms include:

Body stiffness, especially in the morning and with prolonged sitting
Depression and anxiety (may coexist)
Difficulty sleeping
Difficulty concentrating, memory lapses
Headaches
Painful menstruation
Parasthesia (numbness and tingling in hands and feet)
Those affected may also experience:

Chest pain, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath
Constipation
Diarrhea
Difficulty swallowing
Dizziness, balance problems
Dry eyes, difficulty focusing
Dry mouth
Gas and cramping, abdominal pain
Heartburn
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Itchy, dry, or blotchy skin
Localized edema (such as swollen fingers)
Neurally mediated hypotension (blood pressure that lowers when standing)
Painful sexual intercourse
Pelvic pain
Restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movement during sleep
Rhinitis consisting of nasal congestion/discharge and sinus pain (but no allergic immune response)
Sensitivity to light, sound, touch, temperature, and odors
Sensitivity to medications (more likely to have side effects)
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), pain in jaw joints and surrounding muscles
Urinary frequency, urge, and irritation
Fibromyalgia can and does co-exist with many other chronic illnesses such as chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome, thyroid disease, multiple sclerosis, and lupus. The symptoms of these conditions may be mingled with those associated with fibromyalgia, making diagnosis more of a challenge.


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by MustangHottie, Aug 08, 2010
Thank You!  I'm still trying to find out what started my Fibomyalgia, Lime, RA, Chronic Fatigue, PTSD. Ihave most of what you listed. Have you ever read anything about Gut Disease. They say Gut Disease may be a big part. Thanks, Mustang Hottie

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by kev543, Feb 09, 2011
i have dry eyes, dry mouth , dry nostrils, nervousness, fatigue, acid reflux and other stomach problems but it comes and goes. when it does hit me it lasts about a month or two and then goes away for about two weeks. does this sound like the symptoms?

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by kev543, Feb 09, 2011
The dryness is pretty severe and it makes my life hell.

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by peanut422, Jul 14, 2011
this is life on h----. the most awful pain and dry mouth and eyes it has affect my whole life style. the pain and being tired all the time wish we could get some help for this awful pain all your joint are sore. never has got better for me .being to so many drs.for this.every day I get something new.my family thinks its me.but I know when I am in pain. went today for blood work trying to find whatsf causeing a lot knot on my arms and legs.  

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by mhreyes, Feb 22, 2016
Facial pain has increased.  Outside of bottom jaw under eyes on bone there and where jaw open and closes and by temple.  TMJ has increased with Fibromyalgia.  Neck pain and shoulder constant and feel pull on glands in neck.. Stop taking Cymbalta and tried other drugs for this .  On wellbutrin not helping these areas.  whats next?  frustrated and weary.  Sleeping because of Zanax and gabapentin for sleep apnea.  Help.........MHR

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