Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain, tenderness, and fatigue all over the body, also known as, widespread pain. People suffering from fibromyalgia have a heightened sensitivity toward pain. However, symptoms for this condition vary among people. Compared to men, fibromyalgia symptoms in females are different, for instance, pain is worse in females.
But what are usually the first signs of Fibromyalgia? Some of the common symptoms of fibromyalgia include the following:
- Persistent pain
- Heightened sensitivity to pain
- Trouble sleeping
- Numbness or tingling in the extremities
What causes Fibromyalgia?
The causes of fibromyalgia aren’t completely known/understood. This condition is often triggered due to physical or emotional stress. According to some research, women are more likely to suffer severe pain because of an increased risk of anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Some of the possible triggers of fibromyalgia include the following:
- Car Accident
- An infection
- A serious injury
- Hormonal changes, e.g., during pregnancy
- Medical conditions like arthritis.
Fibromyalgia symptoms in Females:
Symptoms of fibromyalgia in men and women differ. Compared to men, women suffering from fibromyalgia may experience more pain/symptoms. There are several different symptoms of fibromyalgia in women. The intensity of pain among women is also higher than among men. Following are some other different fibromyalgia symptoms in females:
– Increased menstrual pain with fibromyalgia:
Symptoms of fibromyalgia might get worse in women during the menstrual phase. Moreover, menstrual cramps or pain are also worse with the condition.
– Intense pain and tender points:
Fibromyalgia is often described as dull or deep pain radiating from muscles to others parts of the body. This condition affects all parts of the body. Interesting thing is that pain is felt among both males and females differently, the intensity of pain is higher in women.
Along with intense and widespread pain, this condition also causes tender points. These are some specific areas, usually near the joints. Tender points hurt when touched or pressed and are more sensitive among women. Some of the major tender points identified include the following:
- Back of the head
- Front of the neck
- Insides of the knees
- Outside of the elbows
- The area between the shoulders
- Upper buttock
There are about 18 total tender points, however, there are at least two more tender points in women compared to men, on average.
– Some other Fibromyalgia symptoms:
Other common symptoms of fibromyalgia include the following:
- Headaches, including migraines, ultimately cause vomiting and nausea.
- Sensitivity to bright lights, loud sounds, etc.
- Difficulty in remembering or concentrating
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Depression and Anxiety
When to seek medical attention?
Discuss your symptoms with your healthcare provider if they start to affect day-to-day activities. Fibromyalgia pain can be managed and patients can spend a healthy, active life. Changes in lifestyle have also been effective in managing symptoms of fibromyalgia.
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