Common Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Few diseases bring as much generalized pain, fatigue and frustration as fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, a good deal of that discomfort goes untreated for longer than it should, mainly because fibromyalgia is still a controversial and confusing disorder. Not only does it mimic a variety of other illnesses, but symptoms can easily be overlooked – or go unreported.
Learning to recognize the differences between fibromyalgia and other chronic pain and fatigue disorders is the first step to relief. If you’ve been living with aching pain and exhaustion for no clear reason, don’t ignore the issue. Take control of your health by looking deeper into your symptoms, so you can start to improve your quality of life right away with the right treatment plan.
Fibromyalgia can interrupt your life in a number of ways, and it’s impossible to predict how exactly it will affect each person. In fact, it’s difficult to know how your symptoms will change from day to day. However, there are some very common types of discomfort associated with fibromyalgia. Many sufferers will experience the following symptoms.
1. Muscle Aches
Often the very first symptoms of fibromyalgia are in the muscles. Many people complain of a deep, aching muscle pain that cannot be massaged or stretched out. It can feel like you’ve pulled a muscle, but it could also be a burning or aching sensation. Muscle aches can act up on some days more than others.
Is fibromyalgia a disability? While the condition isn't listed by the SSA, you may qualify for disability benefits if you fulfill certain criteria.