Common Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Around 4 million Americans have fibromyalgia and live with widespread, chronic pain. Fibromyalgia pain can affect various parts of your body, from your neck to your legs. You might have pain in one region, or your entire body could ache. 

But pain isn’t the only symptom of fibromyalgia. The condition can cause several other problems that interfere with your quality of life. 

Dr. Navdeep Jassal, our pain-management specialist here at Spine & Pain Institute of Florida in Lakeland, Florida, wants you to know the other common signs of fibromyalgia. Understanding your health and knowing what to look for — and discuss with your doctor — can help you get an accurate diagnosis and start treatment quickly. 

Some of the other common symptoms of fibromyalgia include fatigue, sleep problems, depression, anxiety, and cognitive problems.

Fatigue

Living with chronic pain can sap your energy, so you might not be surprised to read that fatigue is another prevalent fibromyalgia symptom. Fibromyalgia fatigue is severe. Sleep and rest don’t relieve your exhaustion. Your tiredness can even make your pain feel more intense.

Sleep problems

Many patients with fibromyalgia also experience insomnia or sleep disturbances that interrupt their restorative sleep cycles. Fibromyalgia can cause wakefulness during your non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep stages, which reduces your slow-wave sleep. As a result, you don’t feel rested, which contributes to your daytime fatigue and pain. 

Depression and anxiety

People with fibromyalgia are three times more likely to develop depression than those who don’t have the condition. And one in five people with fibromyalgia have an anxiety disorder. 

Medical researchers are still studying the links between fibromyalgia and mental health. They believe that fibromyalgia-related depression could be due to abnormalities in the sympathetic nervous system combined with the day-to-day stress of living with chronic pain and not being able to do the things you want to do. 

Cognitive problems

Around half of the people with fibromyalgia report “fibro fog” symptoms such as:

These cognitive issues could be due to abnormalities in your brain and sympathetic nervous system, the long-term effects of living with pain and poor sleep, or a combination of these factors. 

Tips for managing fibromyalgia symptoms

Many patients say that fibro fog, fatigue, and these other symptoms are more disruptive to their lives than the pain. We recommend working with an experienced pain-management specialist like Dr. Jassal in order to manage your symptoms. 

We offer personalized treatment plans, including medication, steroid injections, nerve blocks, and more to help you regain your quality of life. We also recommend slow, steady physical activity. Exercise might sound like the last thing you would want to do when you live with chronic pain. However, daily gentle exercise provides many benefits. 

A lack of activity leads to muscle weakness and fatigue, which can exacerbate your symptoms. Consistent, gentle exercise, on the other hand, not only helps you maintain muscle strength but can help stimulate endorphins that help you feel better, enhance your sleep, and restore your cognitive function. 

If you’re concerned about fibromyalgia or need expert pain-management services, call our office or schedule a consultation online today. Dr. Jassal and our team are here to help you feel better and get back to your regular activities.

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