Fibromyalgia Complications

Which parts of my body may be affected by fibromyalgia?

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  • Fibromyalgia can affect many parts of the body. The primary physical symptom of fibromyalgia is pain, which is typically felt in many areas of the body. When diagnosing fibromyalgia, doctors ask about pain in different areas, including the neck, shoulders, chest, waist, hips, elbows, and knees.

    People who have fibromyalgia frequently complain of a variety of symptoms that affect other parts of the body. For instance, headaches are a common problem. Some people with fibromyalgia develop gastrointestinal problems in the form of irritable bowel syndrome. Others say they have numb or tingling extremities. Still others find that their eyes and ears become sensitive to bright lights and loud noises. Fibromyalgia seems to affect the whole body, from head to toe.
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  • ACeleste Cooper, Rheumatology, answered

    Basically, all parts of our body’s can be affected by fibromyalgia, FM. The hallmark symptom of fibromyalgia is widespread or body wide pain. Also there is a strong prevalence toward certain commonly occurring conditions with FM, such as myofascial pain syndrome (which is the development of knotted up pieces of muscle fiber that are easily felt unless behind bone or deep under layers of muscle.  They cause pain and dysfunction of the muscle involved and in FM activation of pain can be caused by minimal input).

    Other conditions,  irritable bowel syndrome (bowel), interstitial cystitis or irritable bladder, chronic pelvic pain such as dysmenorrhea, PMS, vulvodynia, painful intercourse (all having a myofascial and central nervous system, CNS, component), Raynaud’s (which causes skin color and temperature changes), severe headaches (myofascial and CNS component) , insomnia and disordered sleep (central nervous system), restless leg syndrome (CNS, and myofascial component), cognitive difficulties and dizziness(CNS), chemical sensitivities and allergies (immune system), hypothyroidism, cold intolerance and other metabolic dysfunction such as reactive hypoglycemia, insulin resistance, and thyroid resistance,  (metabolic and CNS component), paresthesias (myofascial and CNS component), TMD (myofascial component), dry mucous membranes and skin rashes (immune system involvement), and resulting anxiety or depression.

    All blogs, posts and answers are based on the work in Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain: The Mind-Body Connection by Celeste Cooper, RN, and Jeff Miller, PhD. 2010, Vermont: Healing Arts press and are not meant to replace medical advice.


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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    If you have fibromyalgia, your body is one big target. You can have symptoms from your head (persistent headaches) to your toes (restless leg syndrome is a common complication). However, one of the defining features of fibromyalgia is pain in many places on the body, including:
    • the neck
    • the upper chest
    • the upper back and shoulders
    • the elbows
    • the knees

    To diagnose fibromyalgia, doctors ask about 19 such spots on the body in all. If you have a number of them for at least three months, your doctor may suspect that you have fibromyalgia.

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