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Dr. Orrange received her BA in Biology at the University of California, San Diego, and a Masters Degree in Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. She received her MD from the USC Keck School of…
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Do I Have Fibromyalgia? 12 Symptoms to Check
Posted in Fibromyalgia by Dr. Sharon Orrange on Dec 30, 2013
Fibromyalgia causes pain all over, on both sides of your body, and above and below your waist. Fibromyalgia patients have certain "tender points" which will be especially painful if someone puts pressure on them. Whether its the back of the head, the elbows, the shoulders, the knees, the hip joints and around the neck, here is what you may experience if you have fibro.
- Increased sensitivity to pain

- A deep ache or a burning pain that gets worse because of activity, stress, weather changes or other factors. Remember that fibro pain may feel worse right after you exercise but over time, exercise helps with the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

- Muscle stiffness or spasms. This may be in part to inactivity so make sure you try and move around and of course yoga and other stretching regimens has been shown to improve fibromyalgia symptoms.

- Feelings of numbness or tingling in your hands, arms or legs

- Fatigue. Feeling tired or fatigued even when you get enough sleep is a common fibro complaint.

- Trouble sleeping. This is a big one.

- Mood issues like anxiety or depression. What is helpful here is many fibromyalgia treatments (Cymbalta and Savella as examples) will help fibro symptoms and improve mood.

- Irritable bowel syndrome

- Increased sensitivity to odors, bright lights, loud noises or medicines.

- Along with this may come headaches, migraines or jaw pain.

- Dry eyes or mouth, dizziness and problems with balance

- Fibro fog: memory or concentration difficulties.

Dr O.

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