A fibromyalgia symptom checklist might help you with early symptoms of fibromyalgia. Just what is fibromyalgia and how do you know if you have it? So much is being written now about this disorder, that many people, mostly women, are seeking answers.
First of all, you should know that the diagnosis cannot be made unless you have had symptoms for over 3 months. Pain all over the body is characteristic of this syndrome. You must have pain on the right and left, and on the upper and lower part of the body.
Chronic fatigue is also a hallmark of this disorder. Below is the fibromyalgia symptom checklist.
Signs Symptoms Of Fibromyalgia
- Problems with memory or concentrating.
- Chronic muscle aches and joint pain.
- Recurring headaches or migraines.
- Chemical sensitivity on the skin.
- Unusual fatigue after exercise.
- Chronic diarrhea or constipation.
- Stiffness when waking.
- Lightheadedness that may be disabling.
- Jaw pain.
- Sleep disturbances.
- Painful menstruation.
- Numbness and tingling in the extremities.
- 11 of 18 fibromyalgia trigger points tender to minimal touch. (see picture above)
You are not going out of your mind! For many years, women (it occurs mostly in women) with these symptoms were brushed off by well meaning medical professionals. They were told that they were just "depressed and anxious".
We know now that that is not true. If you have anyone tell you fibromyalgia does not exist..remember the FDA has approved medicine for fibromyalgia
which means from a medical point of view..yes it is real!
Conditions Associated With FibromyalgiaThere are conditions that are found in conjuction with this syndrome. The reason it is called a syndrome and not a disease is that there are a constellation of signs and symptoms that consistently show up in many patients. There are concomminent diagnosises that these people all have. Many patients are unaware of this when they have these other problems that perhaps they should be on the lookout for when reviewing the fibromyalgia symptom checklist.
- Migraine headaches.
- Irritable bowel syndrome.
- Chronic fatigue.
- Restless leg syndrome.
- TMJ syndrome.
- Myofascial pain syndrome (muscle pain).
Here is a complete fibromyalgia symptom checklist that you can print out.
What Can I Do?
First of all, take charge of your condition and educate yourself. You can join the Fibromyalgia Network and get more help for your fibromyalgia symptoms. There is also very effective medicine for fibromyalgia. These drugs have the fibro indication so they are specially targeted to this problem.
If you are not sure whether or not you have fibro, you can read about early symptoms of fibromyalgia. If you do have it, remember there are
that you can put in place to help yourself.