Symptoms of fibromyalgia
Doctors do not yet know the exact cause of fibromyalgia. However, they have observed that fibromyalgia symptoms usually manifest after an emotionally or physically traumatic event. Because fibromyalgia can increase the susceptibility to depression, lack of sleep, and pain, normal life functions--at work, at home, and with personal relationships--become more difficult. However, fibromyalgia usually does not cause additional diseases or health problems.
Symptoms of fibromyalgia fluctuate according to physical activity, stress, time of the day, and weather. Because fibromyalgia affects the ligaments, muscles, and tendons, it can occur throughout the body. The more sensitive parts of the body include the:
Additional symptoms can change in intensity throughout the course of the syndrome. These symptoms may appear, then disappear, only to reappear later. Many other symptoms observed in fibromyalgia patients include:
Sleep disorders are closely linked with fibromyalgia: patients report being tired after sleeping, although they believe they are getting adequate rest. Additionally, sleep apnea (short, temporary pauses of breathing during sleep) and restless leg syndrome (a sensation that creates an irresistible urge to move the body)have also been linked with fibromyalgia.
Because the symptoms of fibromyalgia can be mistaken for other conditions (such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis), you need to consult your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. But where does diagnosis begin? And which doctor should you see first? Read here to learn how to diagnose fibromyalgia syndrome in our Diagnosing Fibromyalgia section now.
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