Widespread Pain Caused by Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that is characterized by a number of different symptoms. However, one of the most dominant fibromyalgia symptoms is definitely pain. More than 3.5 million men and women suffer from fibromyalgia and must endure widespread pain throughout their muscles. This pain has long been unexplainable, though recent advances in research have now pinpointed why fibromyalgia causes such incredible pain in some sufferers. As a result, effective treatments including prescription medications and drug-free supplements may be used to help combat the discomfort caused by fibromyalgia pain.

What kind of Pain is Caused by Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia syndrome is generally accepted as a type of arthritis, but, unlike most forms of arthritis, it typically affects the muscles in your body instead of the joints. This muscle pain caused by the syndrome is usually widespread and can occur anywhere at any time.

Why Do You Get Fibromyalgia Pain?

Fibromyalgia pain affects the skeletal muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the body. Pain can also be felt in the bursa, the sacs that surround your joints providing nutrition and lubrication needed for movement. Sometimes, pain can be localized in particular areas, although most fibromyalgia sufferers will experience pain in all four quadrants of the body.

Fibromyalgia Tender Points
All fibromyalgia sufferers also feel pain in various tender points around their bodies. In fact, in order to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, you must experience pain in at least 11 of 18 specific tender points. Tender points tend to be located at areas in the body where muscles and tendons join together. In particular, fibromyalgia sufferers are apt to feel neck pain, shoulder pain, lower back pack and pain in the waist, ribs, buttocks, and knees.

What does Fibromyalgia Pain Feel Like?
The muscle pains of fibromyalgia can be quite excruciating for some people, however, the pain will vary depending upon the severity of your illness. Some people may only suffer from mild pain and will still be able to continue on with a normal lifestyle. Others will experience much more severe pain. Fibromyalgia disability is common.

Fibromyalgia pain is described as a deep and persistent ache although many sufferers also get stabbing, throbbing, and shooting pains in their muscles. Additionally, pains caused by the syndrome can leave a tingling or burning feeling just under the skin. Often, pains will increase in severity over the course of the day, and can migrate to other places on the body.

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It actually is comforting to me to read what others are going through. I was told I had fibromyalgia and to "ignore" any pain I experienced, that it was "all in my head." These comments came from my doctor. I was made to feel like I was crazy and that I was just trying to get sympathy. I also was ignored because I am an overweight woman. "Lose weight and you'll feel all better, " the doctor told me repeatedly. I "ignored" several gall bladder attacks, I "ignored" a badly torn meniscus in my knee, because when I went to the doctor, she ignored what I was telling her. Now, I live a large number of my days wanting to cry over unending aching that won't let me sleep. If I do too much, I suffer terribly, If I do too little, I suffer as well. I push through as a single mom raising my kids and going to work EVERY DAY! I'm not looking for a hand-out, I'm not lazy, I'm not crazy, I just want the pain to stop, and for my doctor to treat me like I am a human being. My doctor doesn't believe in fibromyalgia, but won't diagnose me with anything other than being "fat".
We don't want sympathy...We want a cure for this Bastard of a condition that destroying our lives and our family to such a degree that life really becomes unbearable.Iv'e done house exts,whole interior rebuilds,garden hands on design,full Marathons,Ultra Marathons,Martial Arts for 25 yrs and now I struggle to climb 12 steps to get into bed ...(33 years of work average 10 hours a day)! I don't have the strength to get past step 7 without help NOT THROUGH being out of breath you understand but not having the strength/muscles seize up even my core muscles. I can't even read a book past a page 9 out of 10 times....I'M sick and tired of trying to explain how ill I feel as I'm trying to complete the smallest of tasks shaving or washing my hair and the pain in my forearms is so debilitating that the closest I can get is bees are stinging the inside of my arms and my fingers just curl up and stop working.NO I don't have arthritis,I don't drink,I don't smoke and I don't do drugs...Saying that I have tried nearly every prescribed tablet/patch on the market and some that have not been sanctioned for U.K use the Hospital have suggested....And guess what? NONE have helped to any degree and most have exasperated or given terrible side effects....Abdomen goes into spasms most nights and IBS TAKES UP HALF MY DAY CRAWLING back and forwards from the toilet which leaves me bleading and so sore.Sweats come on cold and hot so getting just the right clothing on is near on impossible and my underwear/ t.shirts has to be Marino softwool and ALL have to be inside-out to decrease the causes of pain against my skin I am married with three children and wait for it................. "I AM A MAN" A once strong man who could endure anything life could throw at me.SO FOR YOU people who have never had it!....Yes I'm angry in that the progress in Fibromyalgia has been so slow in developing any real break through that the majority of severe Fibromyalgia people are so far past trying to earn sympathy from even the closest of our loved once BECAUSE YOU JUST DON'T HAVE A CLUE HOW HUMILIATING JUST TO SPEAK ABOUT IT IT REALLY IS...I have never before wrote on a site like this but after relating to this video by looking/feeling past the anger in her voice I just had to! Regards... Once a Very Proud MAN who has contributed all his life in so many ways............. AND NOW FEEL AT DEATHS DOOR DAILY.
PaRoWe, I agree!! It's an incredibly isolating disorder. It feels as though I am being punished for not "looking" sick. You don't "look" sick, so you must not "be" sick! People around me are basically making me feel like I'm a sissy who can't deal with a little bit of pain and I should just "Put on my Big Girl Panties" and stop whining! I wish that, just for one day, they could feel 1/2 the pain we feel. We both know that they would have a much different view of things after that!! Unfortunately, we know that will never happen but at least we have this forum and the support of others who suffer from the same "very real" disorder.
FM--It's painful, it's a bummer all the way around. But getting angry at the world because they don't 'get it' is counterproductive. Of all things, a person with FM has to keep self-control and keep their cool when talking to others, especially their doctors---or how can one be taken seriously? They'll just add 'nutjob' to their diagnosis and that sure wouldn't help one's credibility or earn any sympathy from family or friends.