Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A brief list of fibromylagia symptoms



[Note I did not write this list. It was on Facebook shared by Creaky Joints. But I find it to be very true.]
I have highlighted the ones that I experience regularly. So if you ever wonder how my day is going, just think about this list.
  1. PAIN- in the muscle: often described as aching, burning, throbbing, gnawing, shooting, tingling. Almost always exacerbated by exercise and may or may not be present at rest. Can be migratory and differing from day to day.
  2. FATIGUE- From feeling tired to exhausted and requiring rest periods during the day.
  3. SLEEP DISTURBANCE- not being able to fall asleep and or able to stay asleep. Unrefreshing sleep patterns " feels like I haven't slept."
  4. PARESTHESIA- numbness or tingling. ( non dermatomal)
  5. DEPRESSION- most often reactive as with chronic pain condition.
  6. ANXIETY- may include panic attacks.
  7. PERSONALITY CHANGES- usually a worsening of a previous tendency.
  8. MOOD SWINGS
  9. SUBJECTIVE SWELLING OF EXTREMITIES- i.e. feels swollen but no-one can find anything.
  10. HEADACHES- tension and or migraine.
  11. COGNITIVE FUNCTION PROBLEMS: calculation difficulties, memory disturbances, spatial disorientation, difficulty with concentration, short term memory loss.
  12. FREQUENT UNUSUAL NIGHTMARES- or being unable to dream.
  13. DYSTONIA- stiff muscles due to involuntary contracture. Difficulty in moving tongue to speak.
  14. FREQUENTLY SAYING WRONG WORDS
  15. BURNING SENSATIONS
  16. LIGHT HEADEDNESS - "Fibro Fog", spaced out, cloudy.
  17. MORNING STIFFNESS
  18. EASY BRUISING
  19. MILD BUTTERFLY RASH- (LUPUS TYPE) May be photo sensitive.
  20. NEUROGENIC INFLAMMATION- rashes, may be severe itching. NI causes the symptoms and signs of Dermatographia.
  21. DISEQUILIBRIUM- Vertigo
  22. MUSCLE WEAKNESS- variable with no "objective" abnormality to formal testing.
  23. SCIATICA- like pain
  24. PHOTOPHOBIA- Intolerance of bright lights.
  25. ALTERATION OF TASTE, SMELL and HEARING.
  26. LOW FREQUENCY, SENSORINEURAL HEARING LOSS.
  27. DECREASED PAINFUL SOUND THRESHOLD.
  28. TINNITUS- ringing in the ears.
  29. OCCASIONAL EXAGGERATED NYSTAGMUS- involuntary rapid movement of the eye ball.
  30. CHANGES IN VISUAL ACUITY- impaired function of the smooth muscle used for focus as well as skeletal muscles for tracking.
  31. INTOLERANCE OF ALCOHOL
  32. ENHANCEMENT OF MEDICATION SIDE EFFECTS
  33. INTOLERANCE OF PREVIOUSLY TOLERATED MEDICATIONS
  34. WEIGHT CHANGES- usually gained due to the lack of exercise through pain and or tricyclic antidepressants
  35. RESTLESS LEGS
  36. HEIGHTENED AWARENESS- of symptoms of HYPOGLYCEMIA 9 when blood sugar falls)
  37. POSSIBLE CARBOHYDRATE INTOLERANCE
  38. SYMPTOMS OF IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (I.B.S.)
  39. HEARTBURN- secondary to I.B.S.
  40. SUB-NORMAL TEMPERATURE
  41. NIGHT SWEATS.
  42. SENSITIVE TO TEMPERATURE EXTREMES
  43. BREATHING DIFFICULTIES
  44. HEART MURMUR-Mitral Valve Prolapse appears to be more symptomatic in FM than normal.
  45. IMPOTENCE- reactive and occasionally.
  46. SEVERE PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME
  47. FREQUENT VAGINAL YEAST INFECTIONS.
  48. MUSCLE SPASM- twitching.
  49. NON-CARDIAC CHEST PAIN- which may simulate cardiac disorder.
  50. PELVIC PAIN.
  51. ABDOMINAL WALL PAIN.
  52. DRY EYES AND MOUTH.
  53. TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT DISORDER- usually due to abnormal muscle tone.
  54. RAYNAUD'S- like symptoms.
  55. CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME-possible related condition.
  56. HAIR LOSS-secondary to psychological stress from FM.
  57. VULVODYNIA- Vulvar discomfort or pain, burning, stinging and irritation.
  58. PLANTAR ARCH-or heel pain. Exacerbated in FM.

This list of symptoms has been correlated by the Arthritis Foundation S.A.

So I have just a few, well some, maybe several. What the hell, I have a whole bunch. I will not highlight my 'favorites'. We will just say, they all suck.

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