Did you know that six and a half million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia? If so, did you know that 80% of them are women? Every day, people in Davenport suffer with fibromyalgia, and many of them are not even aware that the problems they are having can be treated. Why? Because many Davenport doctors are not trained to look for it or to treat it. In fact, until the last decade or so, many doctors believed that it was merely a psychosomatic disease, because there are no physical findings, no lab test no specific, consistent symptoms that each person with fibromyalgia has.
17 Fibromyalgia Symptoms to Discuss with Your Specialist
Yet, while there is not a common list of shared symptoms, studies have compiled a list of symptoms that those with fibromyalgia frequently deal with. These more common problems include:
- Widespread pain (occurring on both sides of the body, above and below the waist)
- Fatigue (despite getting enough rest)
- Problems with sleep
- Morning stiffness, or worsened pain in the morning
- Difficulties with memory or concentration (“fibro fog”)
- Numbness or tingling in the body
- Sensitivity to temperature (both hot and cold)
- Sensitivity to bright lights or loud noises
- Painful menstrual periods in women
- Tenderness to touch
- Itchy or burning skin
- Dry mouth or eyes
- Leg cramps
- Stomach cramps or digestive issues
- Problems with balance or coordination
However, these fibromyalgia symptoms can vary, fluctuate in intensity and change over time, as well as be exasperated by things such as stress, weather changes, too little or too much exercise, and too little or too much rest.
Obtaining a Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia in Davenport
Because of the seemingly randomness of fibromyalgia symptoms and their similarity to other disorders, getting a diagnosis can be difficult. However, there does seem to be some fibromyalgia trigger points that have made it easier to diagnose. There are 18 identified fibromyalgia trigger points (9 pairs – elbows, shoulders, knees, neck, hips, sides of the breastbone and the back of the head) that hurt when you press on them with a finger.
With this knowledge in mind, doctors at Davenport’s Mandala Integrative Medicine will ask questions to establish how long one has been experiencing these symptoms and pain at fibromyalgia trigger points, and other general questions to determine symptoms such as fibro fog, sleep patterns, and others. If you suspect that fibromyalgia might be a problem for you, and plan on seeing a doctor here at Davenport’s Mandala Integrative Medicine, then take some time to create the following list of answers:
- Information about all past and present medical conditions
- A detailed description of your symptoms
- Information about any medical conditions within your family
- List of all medicines and supplements you may take
- Any questions you plan to ask
Fibromyalgia doesn’t have to mean the end of a lifestyle as you know it. With careful treatment, it is possible to enjoy life – even with fibromyalgia. Give the Davenport fibromyalgia specialists a call today.