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Donna Zuehl

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Physical and Mental Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
8/15/2008 12:07:47 PM
This list of fibromyalgia symptoms comes from Jadzea May who is a member of a new fibro online group I just joined. Some of the symptoms are ones I haven't heard of being associated with fibromyalgia, so there are some surprises here!

I am posting the symptoms of fibro that I compiled from the books. I would never have connected some of these things!!

• dragging fatigue that worsens as the day goes by
• exhaustion at the end of the day
• irritability, nervousness, and anxiety
• depression, apathy
• impaired memory and concentration (fibro fog)
• headaches, migraines
• insomnia (difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or falling back asleep)
• non-restorative sleep (waking up unrefreshed)
• sensitivity to light, smell,. and sounds
• chemical sensitivities

• pain most often in the back (upper and lower including neck, shoulders, and buttocks), in the arms (wrists, elbows, shoulders), hips, legs, thighs, knees, ankles, feet, and chest wall
• pain described as throbbing, burning, stabbing, stinging, grabbing, with intensity that varies from hour to hour and can increase with cold or damp weather, anxiety, stress, and activity
• being able to predict a change on weather by an increase in certain symptoms
• muscle spasms and cramps
• widespread stiffness in muscles, tendons, and ligaments
• pain typically worse in the morning and may improve somewhat during the day, but will return in the evening
• numbness of the extremities or face
• diffuse pelvic pain
• chest wall pain (chostocondritis)
• Temporomandibular joint pain, facial and head pain originating in the neck area
• feelings like electrical impulses in the muscles
• restless legs
• feeling of general weakness often described as “poor stamina”
• joint hypermobility
• plantar arch or heel pain

• Irritable bowel syndrome
• gas pain, bloating, and constipation
• diarrhea
• nausea
• hyperactivity
• crampy abdominal pain that can be intense and unpredictable
• heartburn

• vulvodynia
• vulvar vestibulitis
• vaginal spasms or cramps
• burning discharge
• increased menstrual and uterine cramps
• dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
• bladder pain
• recurrent bladder infections
• interstitial cystitis
• dark, pungent urine that burns

• crawling feelings
• itching, scaly patches
• rashes (many varieties) in strange patches
• small areas of pimples occur
• perspiration that is pungent and irritates the skin
• sensitive allergic skin
• dermatographia is fairly common
• Raynaud’s syndrome

• excessive nasal congestion and mucus or post nasal drip
• brittle nails, inferior hair quality
• scalded or metallic mouth sensations
• bitter (sometimes even salty) taste in mouth
• eye irritation, or blurring, burning eyes
• ringing in the ears or popping sounds
• vertigo, dizziness
• low frequency hearing loss
• heart palpitations
• non-cardiac chest pain

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Re: Physical and Mental Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
8/15/2008 5:07:13 PM

Yes these symptoms are all common in Fibromyalgia. Since there are so many co-conditions there are several symptoms. Scaly patches, iching is associated with eczema which has been know to be a co-condition as well as a co-condition of Asthma.

Vertigo/dizziness have been associated with the headaches, and cartiovascular problems related to people with fibromyalgia. IBS or Irritable bowel sydrome is a very big condition that causes many issues with Fibromyalgia and between 60-80% of those associated with Fibromyalgia have IBS.

If you want to read more you can also check out my blog Fighting Fibromyalgia.



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Re: Physical and Mental Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
8/15/2008 7:26:27 PM
Yes Donna, there are a lot of symptoms of Fibromyalgia, but not all show up at all times.

I find this rainy weather has really hit me after feeling great for about two months.

I also have a page on Fibromyalgia.  Just go to the link at the sigline to find it.
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Donna Zuehl

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Re: Physical and Mental Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
8/15/2008 9:48:55 PM
Hi Lisa,
Thank you for visiting my forum. I have had eczema for about a year now and it never goes away. I had not associated this condition with my fibromyalgia. I also get itching on my legs and neck. Of course, I have a bad case of IBS too, and have had it for as many years as I can remember.
Thanks for the link to your blog. I will certainly check it out.
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Re: Physical and Mental Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
8/15/2008 9:49:38 PM
Hi Nick,
I wish I could dance like that! I bet those people don't have fibromyalgia.

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