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All Hurt, All the Time

How fibromyalgia affects a person’s entire existence.

Fibromyalgia is an illness that’s widely misunderstood. A diagnosed medical condition that’s defined as a combination of multiple painful symptoms that result from your brain’s inability to process pain, fibromyalgia comes with a host of unwanted complications. Besides causing you to live in constant pain, the disorder often comes with fatigue, sleep problems, and mood issues that wear you down, making life difficult and burdensome.

Before you judge someone for their fibromyalgia, you should know what they’re going through. Here’s a quick summary of what life may be like for someone with fibromyalgia.

1. Pain

Widespread muscle and joint pain is the hallmark of fibromyalgia. To be diagnosed with the condition, you must experience pain in your upper and lower body and on both sides of your body for at least three months. Usually described as a dull ache that never goes away, the pain may also be sharp, deep, or throb. For some people, the pain comes and goes or wakes them up in the night.

Tender points are located around your joints. Normally, pressing on a tender point causes a feeling of pressure. But for someone with fibromyalgia, even a small amount of pressure causes pain. Because the symptoms of fibromyalgia are similar to other conditions such as osteoarthritis or tendinitis, it’s often misdiagnosed.

2. Fatigue

You’d think sleeping for 8 to 10 hours would be enough to make you wake up feeling energized and alert. Not if you’re living with fibromyalgia. Waking in the morning feeling tired and continuing to fight fatigue throughout the day are common for fibromyalgia sufferers. Everyday activities like fixing a meal, going grocery shopping, or cleaning the house are often too overwhelming to attempt.

3. Mental Disorders

Nearly half of people with fibromyalgia deal with a mental disorder such as anxiety or depression. Whether these conditions are part of the disease or the result of it is unclear. What is clear is that feeling tired all the time is stressful. After all, pain wears you down physically and mentally. And not feeling like leaving the house because of pain can result in depression.

4. Trouble Concentrating

Not only are people with fibromyalgia in pain, feeling depressed, and unable to sleep, they also deal with what’s known as “fibro fog.” They will have a hard time remembering things, can’t concentrate, and simple mental tasks become difficult. Losing items such as a cellphone, forgetting an important pin number, or misplacing car or house keys become common occurrences.

5. Sleep Problems

When you’re tired and in pain, all you want is a good night’s rest. But most people with fibromyalgia also suffer from sleep disorders such as sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome. In addition, their sleep is light and interrupted by frequent wakening or pain. Studies show brain activity is different in people with fibromyalgia, causing that deep, healing sleep to be elusive.

6. Tingling in Extremities

Swelling, tingling, numbness, or burning in the hands and feet are more symptoms of fibromyalgia. Known as paresthesia, some people report this unpleasant sensation in the morning, on and off throughout the day, or all the time. While bothersome, these sensations are not necessarily painful.

7. Frequent Headaches and More

As if the other symptoms weren’t enough, fibromyalgia often comes with headaches. Whether they’re caused by tender points in the head or neck, tension in the neck, or back pain, headaches make life difficult.

While everyone’s experience with fibromyalgia is different, many people also report morning stiffness, trouble urinating, irritable bowel syndrome, or painful menstrual cramps.

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