12 Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore If You Have Pains All Over Your Body

Written by Chandrama Deshmukh  • 

Do you feel like no matter what part of your body you focus on, it throbs with pain? Does it hurt to even lie down on a bed? Well, then, you might not be hallucinating because it may not just be simple fatigue. There is a disease known as fibromyalgia that has doctors across the globe divided in opinion. The only thing that all of them agree on is the fact that people all over the world need to start taking a lot more care of themselves.

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Below are 12 unrelated but equally important to diagnose symptoms of fibromyalgia:

  1. You find yourself being annoyed and frustrated almost all the time.
  2. You are starting to find it increasingly difficult to focus and remember tasks.
  3. Parts of your body (especially your hand and feet) are subject to unexplainable sensations such as swelling, burning, numbness, etc.
  4. You find yourself getting a fever more often than not.
  5. Your senses are extremely sensitive, and your body seems to have a negative reaction to slight changes in the weather, sounds, and sharp smells.
  6. You experience a lot of discomfort while passing bowels or urine.
  7. Your periods are especially very painful.
  8. You always seem to be suffering from painful headaches.
  9. Even though your entire body is under some sort of pain, there are some points in your body that are under a greater deal of pain than the other points.
  10. You can never seem to maintain a proper sleep cycle.
  11. You always find yourself tired and stiff in the morning, which makes it difficult for you to give your best to the rest of the day.
  12. You have been suffering from constant pain all over your body for more than three months.

Below are three myths that make people take fibromyalgia lightly. Once you know the truth, you will realize that this disease cannot be taken lightly:

Myth 1: Fibromyalgia Is Not Actually A Disease

This is not true. In fact, fibromyalgia is actually one of the most common types of disorders of the musculoskeletal system. People may tell you that you are just behaving like a hypochondriac and that the pains you are feeling are just subjective sensations. This is because even doctors do not know everything about this disease, such as what causes it.

Myth 2: Fibromyalgia Can Only Exist In Elderly Women 

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Pay attention, men and young people! Fibromyalgia is known to affect both genders and all age types (1). Although it is more common in people between the ages of 20 years and 50 years, even young children might be affected by it (2). Fibromyalgia is indeed more common in women. However, there is still a possibility for men to develop conditions of this disease.

Myth 3: People Overexaggerate The Pain. It Can Be Tolerated

It is a known fact that people suffering from fibromyalgia can suffer from fits of pain that can even leave them disabled. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), there is a greater chance of people to suffer from a stroke if they suffer from fibromyalgia, especially if they are young (3).

Below are 4 ways you can cope with the pain if you are a victim of fibromyalgia:

1. Make An Appointment With A Doctor

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If you find yourself suffering from more than two or three of the symptoms of fibromyalgia, do not hesitate to visit to your nearest doctor. It is important for people to seek professional help when it comes to such diseases since only a doctor can truly determine whether you are actually suffering from fibromyalgia or not. He/She might also prescribe you some medication to deal with the pain, depending on the extent of the severity of your case.

2. Medication Can Help Deal With The Pain 

Fibromyalgia is best treated with anti-inflammatory drugs and analgesics. It is also possible for your doctor to prescribe antidepressants.

3. Physical Activities Can Help Strengthen Your Body And Reduce The Pain

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Any form of physical exercise can help you deal with the symptoms of fibromyalgia. A common practice in countries like Japan is to perform a short session of cryotherapy. Playing sports on a regular basis is excellent to suppress the pain caused by fibromyalgia. However, you should take it lightly with more physical forms of sport. Yoga or swimming are great choices to practice on a regular basis.

4. Dealing With The Emotional Damage

Along with attempts to reduce the physical trauma caused by fibromyalgia, it is important to deal with the mental depression it causes within people. By eliminating the negative attitude and emotional distraught, you can evoke positive feelings within yourself, which can help you deal a lot better with fibromyalgia. Doctors believe that adopting a pet can help relieve patients of the pain since they can shift their focus away from their body.

If you’ve noticed the above-mentioned symptoms, don’t dismiss them. Consult your doctor as soon as possible.

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