How does fibromyalgia feel?
“I’ve been in a lot of pain lately, and besides, I’m exhausted, and my doctor does not know why, it’s a kind of pain I’ve never experienced before, and it’s in my whole body.
It could be fibromyalgia, so I started reading about it.
I have found many references to “the unique pain of fibromyalgia,” but not exactly what is “unique.”
I’ve also seen that there are many other symptoms, including:
Problems with thinking and memory, and I also had some of them.
I would like to go to my next appointment with my doctor, with some suggestions, but I do not know if I should talk about fibromyalgia.
“Can you tell me, how does fibromyalgia feel?”
This question is difficult to answer because fibromyalgia can vary greatly from person to person.
However, we have some shared experiences with pain and other symptoms that may be useful to you.
Many people with Fibromyalgia speak of burning pain, such as the feeling that needles in the blood run after falling asleep on the feet.
Others describe pain as if hit by a hammer.
Some also feel like electric shocks.
It is common to hear of skin pains that feel as if they have been burned by the sun.
Many of us have pain that does not seem to make sense.
They can be caused by normally harmless things, such as: As a cold breeze, a soft tissue that moves on the skin, or the pressure of a handshake.
The waist of loose pants or the belt of a dress can cause searing pain.
Bra straps, elastic in socks and underwear as well as the label on a shirt can become an important source of irritation or pain.
Our pain can range from mild to debilitating and can change frequently and rapidly throughout the day.
One day we might have little pain and work almost normally while we are in bed on other days.
You may feel good for a moment and then suddenly feel pain, making you feel like you are being hit by a bus.
Yes, that sounds like many different types of pain, that’s it.
Beyond the pain
Fibromyalgia involves much more than just pain.
Other common symptoms include waking up in the morning and the feeling that nothing has fallen asleep.
Sleep disorders are common, including:
• Restless legs syndrome
• sleep apnea
Then there is a cognitive dysfunction called fiber mist.
This may mean that we can not think clearly or remember what we have done.
Short-term memory loss is a common problem and many of us lose the ability to multitask.
We may find it difficult to remember what we are reading, to learn new material, or to remember what people tell us, especially when there is something else that competes for our attention.
Other common problems include being unable to perform simple calculations, being disoriented in a familiar environment, or even the difficulty of putting a sentence together.
Many people say that they feel that their brain is full of cotton.
Many of us have a whole bunch of weird little symptoms that are annoying, but they’re not as bad as the Big Three: pain, fatigue, and cognitive dysfunction.
It is common to hear that someone with this disease says, “I thought I was the only one” because the short lists of symptoms we normally find do not contain all the others.
One of the most common second stage symptoms is sensitivity.
This condition implies an overly sensitive nervous system, and this may cause us to react poorly to all types of sensory input. Strong or repetitive noises, bright or flickering light, strong chemical odors (such as laundry in the supermarket) can trigger a number of symptoms.
It may seem inappropriate for a sound to cause severe abdominal pain, but that’s the kind of weird response we can have to these things.
When talking to your doctor about fibromyalgia as a possible diagnosis, you need to understand that you can meet resistance.
The reason for this may vary as it is too early for the doctor to just “not believe” that the condition is real.
Why should not my doctor immediately diagnose fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia has many symptoms that are common to other diseases. So do not try to draw conclusions about the causes of your symptoms when trying to be informed of your symptoms.
It is important to stay open and work with your doctor, which can result in a long and frustrating diagnostic process.
Remember that your goal is an accurate diagnosis so that you can find the right treatments for you.
Thank you for reading!