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How To Differentiate "Normal Chronic Pain" and Fibromyalgia?

Posted by drg. Ardyan Gilang Rahmadhan SKG. On 5:45 AM

Sometimes we have to face with pain in our body, whether it’s a headache, muscle stiffness, or an upset stomach. And sometimes, some peoples have to face it more frequently, like migraine sufferers or those with irritable bowel syndrome. And there are also people with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain disorder whose often debilitating symptoms overlap with many other diseases. So, how to differentiate between "normal chronic pain" and fibromyalgia?

If you’ve felt any unexplained pain recently, maybe you should wonder whether you might suffer from fibromyalgia. Between 80% and 90% of those diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women. Diagnosis can be tricky, but experts say that with the right information, it is possible to find the true cause of your pain, whether it’s fibro or something else, and get the treatment you need. Here are some symptoms that you shoud be concern about:

Any number of factor could be the cause of headaches. In rare case, headaches could be also as an indicator of a more serious health condition. More often, headaches are temporary and not dangerous, and can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication or by addressing an underlying issue, dehydration or sinus problems, for example.

Peoples who suffer from fibromyalgia, however, can suffer from constant headaches. The key word is constant, meaning daily. And this symptom are combined with other fibromyalgia symptoms below.

Memory problems
Memory problems and inability to concentrate can be linked to sleep deprivation, attention disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, or just simply being overworked and overstressed.

People with fibromyalgia could also experience this problem as well. Research has shown that fibromyalgia is associated with a decrease in “gray matter” tissue in areas of the brain that are involved in memory and cognition.

Pain all over your body
Some conditions like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, can initially cause a feeling of widespread pain. But this only involved the joints. Those persons really should see a rheumatologist or someone who specializes in rheumatic or musculoskeletal disorders to make sure they don’t have arthritis.

Chronic pain that is exclusively in the muscles, on the other hand, can sometimes be polymyalgia rheumatica.

But, if the pain persistent on all over your body, in your muscles and joints, you are experienced the number-one symptom of fibromyalgia. Some peoples said that it feels like a bruise that covers your entire body.

Upset stomach
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is characterized by stomach cramping, bloating, and diarrhea or constipation. IBS could be triggered by stress, hormonal changes, certain foods, or even antibiotics, and it can be treated with diet and lifestyle changes and with medication.

Peoples with fibromyalgia could also have these symptoms like in IBS. But, they are combined with other symptoms that we mentioned above.

Bladder pain
Experts are increasingly recognizing the role that chronic bladder pain may play in fibromyalgia. Symptoms include pain in the bladder or pelvic region accompanied by feeling the need to urinate frequently.

If these symptoms are short-lived, the most likely culprit is an easily treated bladder or urinary tract infection. Or, if the only symptom is the urge to urinate, the condition is called overactive bladder syndrome. When combined with all-over chronic pain, bladder pain may be a component of fibromyalgia.

Many peoples are suffered from insomnia. And there are plenty of reasons why you may not be getting a good night’s sleep. One of them if fibromyalgia.

If you suffer from serious fatigue that limits your daily activities, accompanied by difficulties with concentration and memory, and chronic pain, you have the three most significant symptoms of fibromyalgia.


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2 Response to "How To Differentiate "Normal Chronic Pain" and Fibromyalgia?"

  1. Joanne Said,

    All the above symptoms can be related to Lyme Disease a commonly missed diagnosis because of the controversy over diagnosis, research shows blood tests can miss 50% of cases, and treatment.

    The IDSA guidelines are currently under review see

    I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Arthritis and muscle weakness, Poly Myalgia Rheumatica before a chance course of antibiotics improved my symptoms and led my GP to suspect Lyme Disease. Later this was confirmed by a doctor specialising in lyme disease. It took 4 years to diagnose me and many months of antibiotics but I am now 100% with no pain, no disability and on no medication.


  2. HealthyLife Said,

    thank you so much joanne for your story. and congratulation for your health now.

    yeah, we always really need to find the right doctor to get the right diagnose and treatments. and yeah, it takes time. and sometime the doctor also need more times to find the real disease is.


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