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Do You Have Fibromyalgia? 7 Signs to Look For

July 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — holisticmedicine @ 8:01 pm
Woman in bed, suffering from symptoms of fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a widely misunderstood condition. Many people do not know exactly what it is, so even if they have some of its primary signs and symptoms, they may not recognize what is going on. Do you have fibromyalgia? What exactly is this condition, and how can you tell if you should see your doctor about it? This blog post shares important information.

What Is Fibromyalgia?

FM is often regarded as a neurosensory disorder, but it is not fully understand by modern science. One widely accepted theory is that is has to do with improper functioning of the nervous system. It may also be related to problems within the mitochondria of cells, which can lead to a lack of ATP. ATP is an important molecule that plays a role in muscle contractions, energy production, and more.

7 Signs and Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia can be challenging to diagnose, even for experienced physicians. However, there is a very real possibility that you have it if you are experiencing the following signs and symptoms:

1.       Pain

Joint and muscle pain are very common in fibromyalgia patients. Often, the affected areas show no signs of swelling or inflammation. Many people with FM also suffer from frequent headaches and migraines.

2.       Fatigue

The fatigue associated with fibromyalgia can happen at any time of day. It can cause even very minor activities to feel exhausting and overwhelming.

3.       Brain Fog

Do you have difficulty concentrating or often find that important details slip your mind? People with FM often remark that they feel like they are existing in a haze or that their brain is full of cotton. This can be one of the most troublesome and taxing symptoms of FM.

4.       Digestive Issues

It is normal for people with FM to experience irritable bowel symptoms and acid reflex. These issues appear to be more common in fibromyalgia patients than in the general population.

5.       Sleep Difficulties

Victims of FM often suffer from poor-quality sleep. In fact, even after spending 8 – 10 hours in bed, they may still feel unrested.

6.       Depression and Anxiety

Up to half of people with fibromyalgia also report symptoms of anxiety and depression. These issues may be the result of the FM itself, or they could be a natural consequence of living with other symptoms of this condition.

7.       Other Signs and Symptoms

Other signs and symptoms that are common in people with fibromyalgia include:

  • Dry eyes
  • Tingling in the arms and legs
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Heart palpitations

How a Doctor Can Help

There is no known cure for fibromyalgia, but it can be managed. With some adjustments to their daily habits, possibly along with medications, many FM patients are able to lead satisfying, active lives. After a thorough examination, a qualified holistic physician can help you design a plan to get your symptoms under control.

Meet the Practice

Dr. Derek Murphy is a knowledgeable holistic physician. He has already helped countless patients cope with their fibromyalgia. If you would like to speak with him about your medical concerns, our team is ready to help you book an appointment. Contact our St. Cloud office at 407-319-7541.

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