What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic, complex illness characterized by widespread musculoskelatal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and other issues. A person with FM suffers from a wide variety of symptoms, which can fluctuate in degree of severity or remain constant. The condition may be mild, moderate or severe. FM can be very debilitating, affecting all aspects of a person’s daily life, often leading to significant disability. (according to mefm.bc.ca)
Fibromyalgia is a complex and chronic condition with over 150 symptoms. Woman make up 75-90% of all people who suffer from Fibromyalgia, and is most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 20 - 50, although it isn't uncommon in the young or elderly. Fibromyalgia can range in severity from mild - totally debilitating.
My 3 Biggest Symptoms
Widespread muscle and joint pain is the most common symptoms, and can range in severity. Some days you just throb, like the body aches you get when you have the flu, other days the pain can feel like sharp, stabbing pain, that can feel as though it is burning and shooting. It isn't confined to one area, although some area's are worse then others. I sudden and significant increase in pain is called a "Fibro Flare" and can range from days - weeks to notice an improvement.
Chronic fatigue is the second most common complaint for people with Fibromyalgia. It includes both physical and mental exhaustion that doesn't improve even with a good nights sleep. Trouble falling and staying asleep or sleeping too much can be caused by extreme fatigue. Being in a fatigued state can also affects our ability to regulate emotions, handle daily living tasks and affects our ability to concentrate and stay focused.
Another name is "brain fog", short term memory loss, inability to concentrate or stay focused, and forgetting words and thoughts are a few of the cognitive difficulties that are so frustrating on a daily basis. Getting lost easily, forgetting people's names, or the name or an object or losing something "again" is not only embarrassing, but it makes me feel really dumb.
Because Fibromyalgia can have over 150 symptoms, I put together a checklist you can download for FREE to take with you to doctor appointments! I found it helpful in identifying area's I had control of and have sent me on a new "healthy lifestyle" approach to my conditions. I hope you find it helpful!