Following symptoms are associated with Fibromyalgia:
The pain caused due to Fibromyalgia is usually a constant dull ache that should last for at least three months. As the pain associated with Fibromyalgia is widespread. So, it should occur on both sides of patient’s body and also above and below patient’s waist.
Patients suffering from Fibromyalgia often fell tired when they awake, even if they have slept for long period of time. Pain is often responsible to disturb patient’s sleep and they also suffer from some other sleep disorders like sleep apnea and legs syndrome.
Patients suffering from Fibromyalgia also suffer from common symptom referred as “Fibro Fog”. Fibro Fog impairs the patient’s ability of paying attention, focusing and concentration required to do mental tasks.
Fibromyalgia symptoms often co-exist with some other painful conditions like: Migraine and other types of headaches, temporomandibular joint disorders, Irritable bowel syndrome and painful bladder syndrome or interstitial cystitis.
Previously, specialists diagnose Fibromyalgia by checking eighteen specific points on a patient’s body. Specialists press these points firmly to check whether they are painful or not. New guidelines regarding diagnosis don’t require any tender point examination. Alternatively, Fibromyalgia diagnosis is confirmed if the patient suffers from widespread pain for more than three months. But it should also be confirmed that at the same time patient should not suffer from any other medical condition responsible to cause pain so that clear diagnosis can be made.
Although to confirm Fibromyalgia diagnosis there are no Lab test but specialist may want to exclude other conditions that show similar symptoms to Fibromyalgia by performing blood tests. These tests may include: erythrocyte sedimentation rate, cyclic citrullinated peptide test, rheumatoid factor, complete blood count and thyroid function tests. Reference