Fibromyalgia is the bucket diagnosis (IMO) – used to give a name to the following list of symptoms.
- Morning stiffness
- Tingling, pain or numbness in hands and feet
- Headaches, including migraines
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Sleep disturbances/insomnia
- Cognitive dysfunction with thinking and memory (sometimes called “fibro-fog”)
- Painful periods
- Allodynia (Painful to be touched)
- Sound sensitivity, light sensitivity, temperature sensitivity
- Sharp and aching pain in joints (particularly the elbows & knuckles)
- Muscle spasms
- Digestive disorders (mal-absorption)
- Leg pain
And much more (this list is NOT exhaustive)
Who gets fibromyalgia?
The prevalence of fibromyalgia is now about 2% of the population.
- Most people with fibromyalgia are women (female to male ratio of 7:1). However, men and children also can have the disorder.
- Most people are diagnosed during middle age, and prevalence increases as a generation gets older.
How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?
Diagnosing fibromyalgia is achieved by the physician comparing the patient’s symptoms to a criteria or by doing a “tender point” test. If 11 of the 18 connective tissue areas of the body are tender when pressure is applied, and no other explanation for this pain is found, then the person likely has fibromyalgia.
(Sometimes it take YEARS for this diagnosis to be given & there are other tests that are given along the way – invasive, painful tests).
So when I look ok but
- Dont want to go out
- Cant make it to a party
- Cant crawl off the sofa to make a drink
- Cant laugh at the jokes people are cracking
Maybe just maybe the 22 tablets Ive taken today just ain’t doing it for me & I am genuinely feeling the pressure of “looking OK” whilst feeling like I want to die!