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The Many Faces of Fibromyalgia

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I was reading somewhere how fibromyalgia is a demon with many faces.  I was just telling one of my friends that I want to start naming some of my symptoms, because I recognize them, and they reappear but it’s so hard for me to describe what I’m feeling.  Since I’ve had this, I have been developing more and more symptoms.  There is a large list that I think about.com does the best job describing.

Sleep & Energy-Related Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms

  • Incapacitating fatigue*
  • Post-exertional malaise* (extreme fatigue after exercise, lasting 24 hours or more)
  • Poor stamina
  • Unrefreshing sleep*

Flu-Like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms

  • Pain in joints without swelling or redness* (can be constant or move between joints)
  • Muscle aches* and/or weakness
  • Sore throat*
  • Headaches of a new type, pattern of severity*
  • Tender lymph nodes
  • Chronic cough
  • Nausea
  • Recurrent flu-like illness

Other Pain/Sensation-Related Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms

  • Morning stiffness
  • Earache
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), as an overlapping condition (abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, bloating)
  • Numbness
  • Tingling and/or burning sensations in the face or extremities (paresthesia)
  • Chest pains (Always treat chest pain as a serious condition warranting immediate medical care.)
  • Jaw pain (possibly TMJ, as an overlapping condition)

Cognitive Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms

  • Short-term memory or concentration problems*
  • Word-finding difficulties/impaired speech (dysphasia)
  • Inability to comprehend or retain what is read
  • Inability to calculate numbers
  • Impaired reasoning
  • Spacial disorientation
  • Mental fogginess

Psychological Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms

Note: While these symptoms are generally considered psychological, they do not indicate that chronic fatigue syndrome is a psychological condition, and some or all of these symptoms may be caused by physiological abnormalities.

  • Depression, as an overlapping condition
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Personality changes
  • Mood swings

Sensitivities & Intolerances of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Cardio & Respiratory Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Neurally mediated hypotension (dizziness & balance problems upon standing)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Frequent, hard to treat respiratory infections

General Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms

  • Low-grade fever or low body temperature
  • Visual disturbances (blurring, light sensitivity, eye pain, worsening vision, dry eyes)
  • Chills & night sweats
  • Dry mouth & eyes (called sicca syndrome)
  • Rashes
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears), as an overlapping condition
  • Unexplained weight changes
  • Muscle twitching
  • Seizures
  • Recurrent infections
  • Frequent canker sores
  • History of herpes simplex or shingles
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), as an overlapping condition
  • Endometriosis, as an overlapping condition
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Written by Mobile Speech Pathologists

June 23, 2010 at 7:38 am

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