Fibromyalgia literally means muscle pain. It’s more complex than that because it’s a syndrome. Aside from the pain, depression, fatigue, and sleep loss. Amongst other things.
Activebeat put together the following list.
- Environmental Sensitivities
- Sensitive skin
- Muscle stiffness
- Joint stiffness
- Muscle spasms
- Trouble concentrating
- Chronic headaches
- Bowel troubles
- Trouble sleeping
- Poor sleep quality
- Memory problems
- Cognitive issues
- Unsteady body temperature
- Restless leg syndrome
- Tingling in hands
- Painful periods
I was diagnosed using the pressure points method. According to WebMD people with fibromyalgia have tenderness all over the body.
According to Healthline that method isn’t used anymore. I meet the other criteria as well, though I have issues that may overlap some of the systems. i.e. dizziness- I have Meniere’s Disease.
- You have a widespread pain index (WPI) score of seven or higher and a symptom severity scale (SS) score of five or higher. Or you have a WPI score of three to six and a SS score of nine or higher.
- You’ve experienced symptoms at a similar level for at least 3 months.
- You don’t have another disorder that could explain your symptoms.
Before these criteria were adopted, doctors used a “tender point” system to diagnose fibromyalgia. Under the old system, you needed to have widespread pain, as well tenderness when pressure was applied to at least 11 out of 18 points on your body.
I have been in a fibro flare for more than a week. I blame the weather changes that Vegas has been experiencing. I have increased my activity because I am trying to get healthier which could play a role in some of that. Stress may also be a factor because my kitten got out of the house. Don’t worry she’s back now.
I will be taking it easy today to try to get it under control. Maybe a good old fashioned nap will do the trick.
Love, Peace and Light! Rita
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A quick update. Taking it easy yesterday helped tremendously. I am no longer achy.