The symptoms of fibromyalgia can overlap with numerous other health issues, so it is very difficult to differentiate between the symptoms of normal muscle pain and the pain due to this condition.
Yet, 2 to 4 percent of the Americans suffer from this painful and debilitating health condition, and 9 out of 10 are women.
Since there is no specific diagnostic test for it, one needs to know its most common signs and symptoms, the most common being hypersensitivity to pain. In most cases, the painful areas in the body are symmetrical, and the pain is intensified when the areas are pressed.
This is a list of the most common signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia:
- Vision changes
- Delayed reactions to physical exertion or stressful events
- Other family members with fibromyalgia
- Unexplained weight gain or loss
- Cravings for carbs and chocolate
Muscle & Tissue
- Pain that ranges from mild to severe
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Muscle twitches
- Morning stiffness
- Irregular heartbeat
- Pain that mimics a heart attack, frequently from costochondritis
- Mitral valve prolapse
- Sensitivity to odors
- Sensitivity to light
- Sensitivity to noise
- Sensory overload
- Night driving difficulty
- Sensitivity to pressure changes, temperature & humidity
Sinus & Allergy
- Shortness of breath
- Itchy Ears
- Ringing ears (tinnitus)
- Post nasal drip
- A runny nose
- Thick secretions
- Mold and yeast sensitivities
Cognitive or Neurological
- Poor balance and coordination
- Tingling sensations in the arms
- Directional disorientation
- Difficulty pronouncing some well- known words
- Other language impairments
- Burning sensations in the arms
- Staring into space before brain “kicks in”
- Loss of ability to distinguish some shades of colors
- Short-term memory impairment
- Inability to recognize familiar surroundings
- Trouble concentrating
- Mood swings
- Panic attacks
- Unaccountable irritability
- Crying easily
- Free-floating anxiety
- Loss of libido
- Menstrual problems
- Poor sleeping patterns
- Low energy
- Teeth grinding
- Twitchy muscles at night
- Sleep starts (falling sensations)
Skin, Hair, and Nail
- Temporary hair loss
- Tissue overgrowth
- Pronounced nail ridges
- Nails that curve under
- Mottled skin
Abdominal & Digestive Symptoms
- Abdominal cramps
- Pelvic pain
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Urinary frequency
However, the usually prescribed pain medications do not address the cause of this condition, but lead to severe side-effects, so it is always the best to try some alternative, drug-free ways to treat the condition.
Get Proper Sleep — A sound sleep is essential in the treatment of this condition, so make sure you are regularly getting at least 8 hours of night sleep.
A regular exercise regimen — Scientists have found that the combination of aerobic activity and strength training is highly beneficial in the treatment of fibromyalgia, as it lessens the symptoms like fatigue, stiffness, pain, and depression.
Optimize your vitamin D levels — Interestingly, some of the new research in vitamin D shows it is very effective for muscle pain, so I strongly encourage you, not just for fibromyalgia but for numerous other reasons as well, to make sure you have your vitamin D levels tested.
Eat right – You need to stay away from all kinds of processed foods, and consume organic, locally grown whole foods. Moreover, you need to avoid the following foods, as they aggravate fibromyalgia symptoms:
Here are some other useful tips to help you soothe fibromyalgia pain:
- See a Chiropractor to help you lower the stress on the nervous system and improve your overall well-being.
- Try acupuncture to soothe the pain
- Increase the intake of foods rich in vitamin B and magnesium, like pumpkin seeds, raw cacao, and dark green leafy vegetables
- Try some deep breathing techniques
- You should do a biofeedback test to check the reason for the stress in the system and any food intolerances.
- You should find a way to reduce stress and find your peace. You can try walking, reading, yoga, meditation, etc.
- Since it is the vital genetic anti-oxidant pathway, add in clinical dosages of resveratrol, curcumin, sulforaphane and Green tea (ECGC) to improve the Nrf2 pathway
- Add herbs with potent antioxidant activity to your meals, like garlic, turmeric, ginger, oregano, basil, thyme and rosemary
- Optimize the vitamin D levels in the body
- Increase the intake of foods rich in Omega 3’s
- Improve the mitochondria to fight the chronic fatigue due to fibromyalgia
- Start juicing the veggies
- Intermittent fasting will improve the production of mitochondria, fight inflammation, and reduce oxidative stress
- Use essential oils to improve oxygenation and reduce the harmful effects of oxidative stress
- Consume rich dietary sources of fiber to improve the bowel movements and detoxify the body
- Try grounding, to help your body to absorb the natural EMF’s from the ground and thus balance your electrical rhythms.