Physical Effects of Fibromyalgia

How does fibromyalgia affect the body?

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  • Fibromyalgia affects the body in various ways. People with fibromyalgia experience chronic, widespread body pain. When diagnosing fibromyalgia, doctors  ask about pain in many different areas, including the neck, shoulders, chest, waist, hips, elbows and knees.

    Fibromyalgia can have other significant effects on the body. Headaches are a common complaint. Many patients become sensitive to cold temperatures, bright lights, and loud noises.
  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered

    Fibromyalgia   can leave you feeling like you had to box a middleweight champ with your   hands tied behind your back -- achy and exhausted. You may feel soreness or pain all over your body. Certain spots are usually tender, including the neck,   shoulders, upper back and chest, around the waistline, the knees, and elbows.   Headaches are common, too.

    Fibromyalgia can affect your body in other ways, as well. You will probably feel stiff in the morning, though that wears off as the day goes on. Your hands and feet may feel numb. You may develop gastrointestinal problems, such as bloating or abdominal pain. Women often have painful menstrual periods. Fibromyalgia seems to affect the body from head to toe. Finding a doctor who understands the condition can help you manage these diverse symptoms.
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  • AHealthwise answered

    For most people, fibromyalgia seems to involve a cycle of muscle pain, increased sensitivity to pain and inactivity that may be made worse by sleep problems and fatigue.

    • Increasing pain causes a person to be less physically active.
    • Muscles that aren't exercised regularly are more likely to be irritated during activity. And it may be that people with fibromyalgia are more sensitive to pain or have muscles that are more easily irritated.
    • The irritated muscles are painful. Some doctors think that the muscles of people with fibromyalgia stay sore because they don't repair themselves as well as they should.
    • Muscle pain, sometimes occurring with disrupted sleep and daytime fatigue, leads to less and less activity.

    Although fibromyalgia is a long-lasting (chronic) condition with no cure, it can be controlled. It doesn't damage the muscles, joints or internal organs. Most people adjust to their symptoms and are able to keep working and doing their daily activities. For more information about managing fibromyalgia, see the Treatment Overview.

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  • ADebra Fulghum Bruce PhD, Healthcare, answered

    People with fibromyalgia tell of going from doctor to doctor with symptoms of fatigue, even on arising.  They have specific tender points on the body that hurt to touch, or they may have pain all over, as well as disturbances in deep-level, restful sleep, accompanied by sadness or depression.  While people with fibromyalgia may have different manifestations of pain and fatigue, the symptoms are the result of fibromyalgia. It is thought that fibromyalgia may be the most common cause of widespread musculoskeletal pain.

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