What Does Fibromyalgia Feel Like?


As anyone with fibromyalgia knows, it can be difficult to diagnose. Standard medical tests and results usually give no validity to the fibromyalgia symptoms you have, leaving you confused, frustrated, and feeling like a hypochondriac. But what does fibromyalgia really feel like? Patients often describe it as “flu-like;” consistent pain, and being in a fog that doesn’t seem to leave. Read on to discover if what you’re experiencing is fibromyalgia.

Who Does it Affect?

Studies show that around 2% of the United States adult population is diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which translates to roughly 5 million. Of that 2 percent, over 80% diagnosed are women. Children can also be diagnosed, though it is less common; most patients develop and are treated for fibromyalgia closer to middle age.

Is What I’m Feeling Fibromyalgia?

General pain all over is the most common fibromyalgia symptom, and though the level of pain can fluctuate, it tends to be a chronic feeling you are unable to get rid of. Fatigue and mental fog also occur in most fibromyalgia patients, and while they can be mentally and physically exhausted, they tend to have trouble sleeping. Issues vary however, so see your doctor to be sure.

What Can I Do About it?

While it may be difficult to treat fibromyalgia as a whole, working with various types of doctors and trying different programs for each symptom can be effective. By working with a medical doctor, an alternative medicine doctor, and maybe a physical therapist, you can overcome some of the serious symptoms of fibromyalgia. There are also prescription medications available for people diagnosed with the disease; you shouldn’t feel helpless.

Source: PubMed Health


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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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