Fibromyalgia can be tough to pin down. No test can confirm that a person has fibromyalgia and the usual symptoms of widespread pain and severe fatigue can be mistaken for something else.
If you think you have fibromyalgia, it's worth taking action to find out for sure. While there is no single medication for fibromyalgia, there are a number of treatments that can ease the symptoms and improve daily life.
A fibromyalgia diagnosis often requires some detective work from you and the doctor. Here's where to start:
- Know the symptoms. Keep an eye out for the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia:
- People with fibromyalgia have a number of small areas around the body called tender points. Mild pressure applied to any of these points is painful.
- Disrupted sleep is common, and can lead to extreme grogginess and cognitive problems, sometimes called "fibro fog."
- Dizziness, anxiety, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems are other signs.
- Hypersensitivity to sounds, light, and certain foods may also occur.
- Symptoms can disappear for days, weeks, or months, only to reappear as mysteriously as they left.
- How would you describe your pain? People often describe pain as a dull ache, a sharp pain, or a burning pain.
- Does anything makes your symptoms worse? This could be an activity, a food you ate, or something in your environment, such as noise from nearby construction.
- How long have you been experiencing these symptoms? Symptoms may come and go, so be ready to tell the doctor about the first occurrence.
- Does exercise make you feel better or worse? Let the doctor know how exercise affects you. People with fibromyalgia sometimes feel much worse the day after exercising. impact.