Unfortunately, fibromyalgia is a common problem affecting 3.5 million people, or 1 in 5 people.
This syndrome is characterized by debilitating pain throughout the body. However, chronic muscle pain does not necessarily mean that you have fibromyalgia because it also causes other symptoms.
However, if you are aching your muscles all the time, you need to review the list of fibromyalgia symptoms and see if you need to find a proper treatment, or you can rule out fibromyalgia as a potential cause.
Muscle and body tissue
Mild to severe pain in different parts of the body
Tender and lumpy breasts (breast tissue tumors, as an overlapping condition)
Stomach and digestion problems
Bloating, nausea, abdominal cramps and pelvic pain
Allergy and sinus problems
shortness of breath
Itchy ears and earache
Allergies, sensitivity to molds and yeasts
A runny nose and retronasal
Pain, similar to a heart attack
Sensory problems and sensitivity
Difficulties with night driving and seeing in low light conditions
Directional difficulties and recognizing familiar environment
Bad coordination and balance
Zone out often, concentration issues, inability to distinguish shades, and short-term memory.
Burning or tingling in the upper limb
Hair, skin and nails
Overly-ribbed nails or curved nails
Skin, bruises or scars appearing slightly or speckled
Mental health problems
Mood swings, irritability without reason
Anxiety, depression, panic attacks
Loss of libido
PMS and other menstrual disorders
Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
Headache and migraine
Changes in vision
Crave carbohydrates and chocolate
Yet, these symptoms are nonspecific, which means that they lead to other health problems, so you should not jump to any conclusions.
This condition is not easy to diagnose either because it can be mistaken for other issues, and there are no specific fibromyalgia tests that are 100% correct.
A diagnosis of fibromyalgia requires one to meet the following criteria set by the American College of Rheumatology:
The widespread pain felt for at least 3 months in all four quadrants for body
11 out of 18 tender points, felt pain with palpation
Negative findings for other diseases on the diagnostic tests
To rule out other conditions and diagnose fibromyalgia, doctors use a number of diagnostic tests, such as:
Complete blood picture
Antinuclear antibodies (ANA)
Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)