Some people with fibromyalgia don’t even know they have the illness, much less what they can do about it. Then when they go to the doctor, they are prescribed a whole slew of medications, many of which have potential side effects that are as bad as the fibromyalgia symptoms.
This is a real shame. So, the first step in the recovery process is to know for sure that you have fibromyalgia. So, take the Fibromyalgia Quiz series below… Have you been experiencing any of these symptoms? Take notes for yourself and to show to your doctor…
1) The Fibromyalgia Quiz for Pain – It is said by many sufferers, that the pain of fibromyalgia has no boundaries. People describe the pain as deep muscular aching, throbbing, shooting, and stabbing Intense burning may also be present. Quite often the pain and stiffness are worse in the morning and you may hurt more in muscle groups that are used repetitively. Have you experienced pain like this? Write it down!
2) The Fibromyalgia Quiz for Fatigue – This symptom can be mild in some fibromyalgia patients and incapacitating in others. The fatigue has been described as “brain fatigue” in which patients feel totally drained of energy. Many patients depict this situation by saying that they feel as though their arms and legs are tied to concrete blocks… and they have difficulty concentrating which many describe as brain fog. If you have chronic fatigue, and/or difficulty concentrating and remembering things, write this on your list.
3) The Fibromyalgia Quiz for Sleep Disorders – Most fibromyalgia patients have an associated sleep disorder called the “alpha-EEG anomaly”. This condition was uncovered in a sleep lab with the aid of a machine that recorded the brain waves of patients during sleep. Researchers found that the majority of fibromyalgia patients could fall asleep without much trouble, but their deep level (stage four) sleep was constantly interrupted by bursts of awake-like brain activity. Patients appeared to spend the night with one foot in sleep and the other foot out of it! Sleep lab tests may not be necessary to determine if you have disturbed sleep. If you wake up feeling as though you have just been run over by a Mack truck… what doctors refer to an “un-refreshing sleep”… it is reasonable for your physician to assume that you have a sleep disorder. Many fibromyalgia patients have been found to have other sleep disorders in addition to the alpha-EEG, such as sleep apnea and/or the newly discovered form of interrupted breathing called upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS), bruxism (teeth grinding), periodic limb movement during sleep (jerking of arms and legs), and restless legs syndrome (difficulty sitting still in the evenings.) Have you been diagnosed with a sleep disorder or experience “un-refreshing sleep,” put this in your notes.
4) The Fibromyalgia Quiz for Irritable Bowel Syndrome – IBS includes constipation, diarrhea, frequent abdominal pain, abdominal gas, and nausea. These are symptoms found in up to 70% of fibromyalgia patients. Acid reflux or gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) also occurs with high frequency. Are you experiencing or being treated for any of these symptoms? If so, add them to your list.
5) The Fibromyalgia Quiz for Chronic Headaches – Do you experience recurrent migraine or tension-type headaches? These are seen in about 70% of fibromyalgia patients and can pose a major problem in dealing with everyday activities at home and work. They are made worse by stress. If this has been a problem for you, write it down!
6) The Fibromyalgia Quiz for Temporal-mandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction Syndrome – This syndrome, sometimes referred to as TMJ or TMD, causes tremendous jaw-related face and head pain, experienced by about 25% of fibromyalgia patients. However, a recent report indicated that close to 75% of fibromyalgia patients has a varying-degree of jaw discomfort. Typically, the problems are related to the muscles and ligaments surrounding the jaw joint and not necessarily the joint itself. Have you been diagnosed, been treated for, or experienced jaw-related face and head pain? If so, add this to your notes.
7) The Fibromyalgia Quiz for Some of the Other Common Symptoms – If you have experienced any of the following symptoms, add them to your list…
• Premenstrual syndrome and painful periods
• Chest pain (non-cardiac)
• Morning stiffness
• Numbness and tingling sensations
• Muscle twitching
• Irritable bladder
• The feeling of swollen extremities
• Skin sensitivities
• Dry eyes and mouth
• Dizziness, vertigo, and impaired co-ordination
• Sensitivity to odors, loud noises, bright lights, foods and/or medications
If, after taking the Fibromyalgia Quiz you find that you have one of these symptoms… or several of them… then you could very well have fibromyalgia. However,… there is good news. I am a fibromyalgia survivor and I have found a way to combat the effects of fibromyalgia – naturally. If you would like to know how to access one of the most effective scientific fibromyalgia breakthroughs (that your doctor doesn’t even know about),contact me now by clicking on one of the links below.
Article by Carol Ryland
Carol Ryland is the President of a successful health and wellness business, dedicated to educating and mentoring individuals in the natural treatment of illnesses. Writer of many articles on fibromyalgia and related topics, she is a fibromyalgia survivor with a deep personal understanding of the syndrome and its devastating effects.