People have experienced the symptoms of fibromyalgia long before it was confirmed by a scientific study in 1981. Since then, millions of people have been diagnosed with the condition, though it is difficult to diagnose. There are still people who experience the symptoms but have not received a clear diagnosis. Whether or not you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, you may be surprised at these facts about the disorder.
Digestive Disorders May Be a Sign of Fibromyalgia
Over five million Americans live with fibromyalgia, and the majority of them are women. Many people don’t know they have the disorder because it is difficult to diagnose; however, digestive problems may be a sign. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other digestive problems have been diagnosed in nearly three quarters of those with fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia Symptoms are Many and Vary Between People
With most health conditions, the symptoms are similar from patient to patient. This is not the case with fibromyalgia. This is also one of the reasons it can be difficult to diagnose. Patients suffering from fibromyalgia may have changing symptoms as well, although the hallmarks of the disorder are widespread pain and fatigue. Individuals can have a unique experience with fibromyalgia, given the many symptoms of the disease.
Some Doctors Refuse to Diagnose Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a tough nut to crack. Diagnosing this disorder is not straightforward like some chronic ailments. Asthma, diabetes and cardiovascular disease all have markers that fit that particular disease, and most patients with those particular symptoms have the disease. Fibromyalgia is not that simple. It has many symptoms and those symptoms show up in people differently. Not everyone with fibromyalgia has IBS, though a majority of people do have it or some other digestive problem. The pain experienced by sufferers will be described differently between patients and perhaps even differently on different days from a single patient.
It Is Physical and Psychological
Pain and fatigue are constant companions for most fibromyalgia patients. However, many people suffering with the disorder also report having brain fog, depression and anxiety. There is evidence that fibromyalgia may also be a disorder of the central nervous system. The inability to concentrate, memory issues and other psychological problems often accompany the pain and fatigue fibromyalgia patients experience.
Fibromyalgia can be managed once it is diagnosed. A doctor with experience in working with patients with the disorder can help you improve your quality of life and minimize the pain. It is possible to have fibromyalgia and still live a relatively pain-free happy life.
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