Fibromyalgia Action UK
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About FIBROMYALGIA......Signs and symptoms

Signs and symptoms

* Widespread pain. Fibromyalgia is characterized by pain in specific areas of your body when pressure is applied, including the back of your head, upper back and neck, upper chest, elbows, hips and knees. The pain generally persists for months at a time and is often accompanied by stiffness.

* Fatigue and sleep disturbances. People with fibromyalgia often wake up tired and unrefreshed even though they seem to get plenty of sleep. Some studies suggest that this sleep problem is the result of a sleep disorder called alpha wave interrupted sleep pattern, a condition in which deep sleep is frequently interrupted by bursts of brain activity similar to wakefulness. So people with fibromyalgia miss the deep restorative stage of sleep. Nighttime muscle spasms in your legs and restless legs syndrome also may be associated with fibromyalgia.

* Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating associated with IBS are common in people with fibromyalgia.

* Headaches and facial pain. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have headaches and facial pain that may be related to tenderness or stiffness in their neck and shoulders. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, which affects the jaw joints and surrounding muscles, also is common in people with fibromyalgia.

* Heightened sensitivity. It's common for people with fibromyalgia to report being sensitive to odors, noises, bright lights and touch.

Other common signs and symptoms include:

* Depression

* Numbness or tingling sensations in the hands and feet (paresthesia)

* Difficulty concentrating

* Mood changes

* Chest pain

* Dry eyes, skin and mouth

* Painful menstrual periods

* Dizziness

* Anxiety

1. We must find a cure, why should young women around the world suffer daily for the rest of their lives?


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Big like for number two!!! :-)


I can feel gloria gaynor coming on.......!! xx


not only young women affected! I'm young at heart but my birth certificate says otherwise lol


Gloria Gaynor, love that! Will have it in my head for days now, should amuse the doc on Friday! As for age, it's supposed to be all down hill for me now, not that I'm complaing, I love freewheeeeeeeeeeeling despite being a creaky, knotty, stiff woodentop!


Not just Ladies, young or old but I am a grumpy old man with a "ladies " complaint.

That just appeals to my sick sence of humour !!


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