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Fibromyalgia Symptoms

There are different ways to diagnose fibromyalgia. Most physicians will apply pressure in certain areas of the body to see if they are tender.

What if I have fibromyalgia?

Diagnosing fibromyalgia is achieved by the physician comparing the patient's symptoms to a criteria or by doing a “tender point” test. If 11 of the 18 connective tissue areas of the body are tender when pressure is applied, and no other explanation for this pain is found, then the person likely has fibromyalgia.

Other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia:

  • Sharp and aching pain in connective tissue areas
  • Fatigue
  • Morning stiffness
  • Muscle twitches
  • Insomnia
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Fibro fog, a state of such limited thinking ability such that a person feels they are in a "fog"
  • Headaches
  • Sound sensitivity, light sensitivity, temperature sensitivity
  • Numbness in hands

Other biological abnormalities found in patients with fibromyalgia include disruptions in brain blood flow and stages 3 & 4 sleep disruptions (often unnoticed by the patients).

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