Many people who do not have fibromyalgia experience some of the same symptoms. In fact, virtually everyone has experienced one or more of the symptoms of fibromyalgia at some time in their life. For example, who has not had a headache or had difficulty in getting a good night's sleep?
The fact is, the symptoms of fibromyalgia are so seemingly unrelated that even medical professionals mis-diagnose their patients and may only be treating a specific symptom or two, rather than the whole disease. Co-existing symptoms of fibromyalgia include gastrointestinal problems like reflux and irritable bowel syndrome; extreme fatigue is a symptom that mimics chronic fatigue syndrome; and then there are the memory lapses and cognitive difficulties that look a lot like attention deficit disorder. Anxiety and depression, dry eyes, blind spots and vision problems, sensitivity to loud noises and strong smells … well you get the idea.
So, What are the tests for the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
While blood tests may be done to eliminate other possible illnesses, the most widely used test for fibromyalgia deals with the accompaniment of severe pain, located at specific trigger points on the body …
- the back of the head
- between the shoulder blades
- at the top of the shoulders
- the front sides of the neck
- the upper chest
- the outer elbows
- the upper hips
- the sides of hips
- the inner knees
These painful symptoms of fibromyalgia are often described as dull, aching, stabbing, and pins and needles. The Mayo Clinic website refers to a common definition of widespread pain … meaning that to be counted as symptoms of fibromyalgia, the painful points must occur on both sides of the body and both above and below the waist.
It's typically the pain that drives fibromyalgia sufferers to seek medical help. Fatigue is the next most common complaint. Many of the other symptoms of fibromyalgia are often not recognized by the sufferer as being related to the pain and fatigue. So, you can see the problem!
If you think that you are experiencing the symptoms of fibromyalgia … particularly the painful points and fatigue … seek medical help. Alternative treatments including controlled diet and mild exercise can be added to medical intervention with excellent results. There are new studies and treatments being developed, including nutritional options that can dramatically improve your condition. For more information on natural treatments of fibromyalgia, contact me now by clicking one of the links below!
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