Fibromyalgia: The most common symptoms you need to know about this misunderstood disease

Fibromyalgia is a painful disease that not only causes muscle pain but also fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.

It affects as many as 6 to 12 million people in the U.S. and although can affect men, 90 percent of sufferers are women.

There are treatments for this condition but unfortunately no cure.

According to experts chronic muscle pain doesn’t always mean you’re suffering with fibromyalgia, there are other warning signs to check. Take a look at the list below.

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The pain stems from a problem in the way the nervous system processes pain signals.

As pain is a common symptom of so many other illnesses it can take up to 5 years for a diagnosis.

The pain can shift from place to place, but to meet the criteria for a diagnosis, you’ll need to have experienced pain for at least three months.

Most common symptoms

Check out the following 11 most common symptoms associated with those suffering with fibromyalgia:

1) Abnormal fatigue and sleep problems

2) Gastrointestinal disorders

3) Morning stiffness, tingling and numbness in the hands

4) Depression and difficulty concentrating

5) Sleep disorder

Some patients also report the following symptoms with fibromyalgia, according to the Mayo Clinic.

6) Irritable bowel syndrome

7) Need to urinate unusually often

8) Dry mouth.

9) The pain should be present both in the upper and lower part of the body and on both the left and right sides.

10) The most common is to have neck, shoulder and lower back pain.

11) Migraine and other types of headaches.

There are several treatments for this condition. Self-care such as exercise and relaxation techniques can help alongside anti-depressants, anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxants.

Find out more about this condition and how to treat it in the clip below.

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