Anyone with fibromyalgia knows the most common symptoms – aches and pains, chronic fatigue, brain fog, etc. – but here are some facts about the disease that you may not know. We have prepared this list with the help of fibromyalgialiving.today and verywell.com.
1. Fibromyalgia is the most common pain disorder in the United States.
It is estimated that more than five million people in the United States suffer from fibromyalgia, 80% of whom are women. However, many of these people still do not know they have the disease. The condition is notoriously difficult to diagnose because symptoms can mimic many other diseases and many doctors may be indifferent to a patient’s symptoms.
2. Digestive disorders can be a sign of fibromyalgia.
It is estimated that about 70% of patients with fibromyalgia also suffer from digestive disorders such as IBS, so it is worth paying special attention to these warning signs for diagnosis. Changing your diet to avoid eating foods or drinks that upset your stomach can help reduce seizures.
3. Fibromyalgia can cause an increase in the senses.
We know that sensitivity to pain in fibromyalgia patients is increased, but other senses can also be on maximum alert. You may find yourself very sensitive to sounds, smells and light and too sensitive to touch.
4. Some patients may have excessive sweating.
Many fibromyalgia patients respond to body heat caused by pain by sweating profusely. This can be countered by some drugs and if the problem is very serious, botox can be helpful.
5. Vitamin D deficiency is common.
Vitamin D is vital for overall health and well-being. Therefore, it is probably not surprising to learn that nearly half of people with fibromyalgia suffer from vitamin D deficiency. Talk to your doctor to check your level and find out if you need to take supplements.
6. It is a psychological and physical illness.
Most fibromyalgia patients will report psychological symptoms as well as physical symptoms such as pain and fatigue. Brain fog is a very common symptom of fibromyalgia, as is depression and anxiety. Brain fog causes problems with memory, concentration, organization and other cognitive problems.
7. Fibromyalgia is often a secondary condition.
Fibromyalgia can be a primary health problem, but many fibromyalgia patients also suffer from other chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
8. Not all patients with fibroids have the same symptoms.
Fibromyalgia can affect a person in so many different ways that his patients can suffer from a myriad of different symptoms, each with a unique experience of the disease.