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14 Fibromyalgia Symptoms That Every Woman Should Know

14 Fibromyalgia Symptoms That Every Woman Should Know

Difficult to detect because of its widespread and extensive symptoms, fibromyalgia is so misunderstood that scientists have even questioned its existence!

Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Affecting millions of people around the world, including a majority of women, her pain is extremely unpleasant. To better understand this disorder still poorly understood, the French association Fibromyalgie SOS shares several symptoms that every woman should know.

Affecting 2-5% of the population, fibromyalgia seems to be dominant among women who would represent 80% of people with the disease. This condition, recognized as a disease by WHO in 1992, is characterized by chronic pain and generalized discomfort, often leading to psychological ill-being. To learn more, here are 14 symptoms to pay attention to:

Chronic fatigue
Also known as asthenia, chronic fatigue reveals underlying health problems. Associated with physical or psychological factors, it becomes abnormal when it persists without the cause being identified.

Sleep disturbed
The affected person feels an acute fatigue since it lacks a restful sleep. It usually manifests itself through repetitive insomnia, hypersomnia or breathing problems such as sleep apnea.

Anxiety and moodiness
These disorders are characterized by feelings of uneasiness, tension, apprehension or extreme fear for no specific reason. They place the person in a very disturbed emotional state that is reflected in uncontrollable nervousness and stress, leading to mood swings, irritability and even suicidal tendencies.

Buzzing and whistling in the ears
Known as tinnitus, these symptoms are triggered in the absence of external noises. Repetitive, punctual or irregular, they are sent by the neurological system and affect the ears as well as different parts of the head (front, back, inside).

Difficult chewing
Due to a loss of control in the jaw, chewing difficulties affect the ability of this part of the face to chew properly, close the mouth or open on the same axis.

Irritable bowel
As the name suggests, this symptom is an irritation of the intestines that complicates the digestion of food and often leads to problems such as diarrhea or constipation.

Menstrual pain
These occur during the menstrual period but can also appear at other times by causing pain of unknown cause in the vagina.

Body stiffness
This symptom is often seen after spending more than 30 minutes in the same position. It then becomes difficult for the person concerned to move his body and relax his muscles.

Abnormal digestion
Similar to irritable bowel syndrome, this symptom also adds nausea, bloating and flatulence to the list.

Numb members
This symptom is usually noticed when it is cold. The hands remain extremely cold despite the very low temperatures and they tend to swell in the fingers. This is accompanied by numb members who have difficulty in finding their motor skills.

Lower limb pain
It is often triggered when someone tries to go up or down the stairs. The knee loses its stability and the lower limbs undergo acute pain.

Brain in the fog
People with fibromyalgia often report a strange sensation of "living in the fog," as if their brains could not clearly discern what's around them. This leads to confusion that hinders the individual's communication abilities.

Uncontrollable itching
Particularly painful in the calves and forearms, these itches lead to an uncontrollable scratching of the skin. Dry and rigid, the latter is distinguished by a marbled appearance.

These are manifested through throbbing migraines at different levels of the skull. It has been observed that a majority of them are triggered at the forehead or behind the eyes.

Treatment of fibromyalgia
According to Doctissimo, apart from the medical treatment prescribed by the doctor, there are alternatives to relieve the debilitating symptoms of fibromyalgia.

- Adequate physical exercise that should be recommended by your doctor, can be effective against this disease;

- The practice of yoga, tai chi or qi gong, allow greater relaxation and ease of sleep;

- The meditation could bring a slight improvement of the quality of life;

- Acupuncture and spa treatments also provide relief from pain.