Signs of Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia affects women in 80% of the cases, and often begins between the ages of 35 and 55. It may occur with another condition, such as systemic lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, or it may occur in isolation. It can, however, happen in children, the elderly, and in men.

Fibromyalgia is a confusing, chronic condition that can be difficult to diagnose. There is no test for fibromyalgia, so a doctor has to diagnose it according to a set of diagnostic criteria.

Tender Points
One of the hallmarks of fibromyalgia is pain for a period of at least three months. You do not need to have pain in all of these areas, but many of these are common tender places:
• Knees
• Hips
• Collarbone
• Biceps
• Nape of your neck
• Top of your back
• Shoulders
• Between your shoulder blades
• Elbows
• Top of your buttocks
• In your spine directly above your buttocks
Besides tenderness of the muscles, tendons, and joints, there are other common symptoms of fibromyalgia, including:
• stiffness
• restless sleep
• awakening feeling tired
• chronic fatigue
• anxiety
depression and
• disturbances in bowel function.
Keep a Health Journal
If you think you might have fibromyalgia, one of the best things you can do is to help yourself get a diagnosis. To do that, start keeping a health journal of how you feel, where your pain is and what, exacerbates it (makes it work) or alleviates it (diminishes it).

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Fibromyalgia is a prevalent condition that affects many people in the United States. Approximately 3.7 million Americans have Fibromyalgia. That is 1 in every 73 people.

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