Fibromyalgia can lead to unusual symptoms in some people. Knowing the range of symptoms this condition can produce may help with diagnosis and treatment.
Experts estimate that around
Keep reading to learn what additional symptoms may be a sign of fibromyalgia, what causes them, and how they can be treated.
Fibromyalgia may cause numbness and tingling, also called paresthesia, in the extremities (arms, legs, hands, and feet) due to the nerves being overly sensitive or compressed. It may feel like a burning or prickling sensation.
Treatment for paresthesia is aimed at addressing the root cause. In this case, fibromyalgia can be treated with various medications that address nerve pain and inflammation
Restless leg syndrome (RLS) may cause uncomfortable feelings (itching, throbbing, etc.) in the legs and an urge to move the legs. RLS is associated with sleep disturbances, which can affect up to 99% of people with fibromyalgia.
Managing RLS at home involves:
- avoiding smoking, drinking alcohol, and consuming caffeine
- following good sleep hygiene habits
- getting regular exercise, including stretching
- taking warm baths
- using heating pads or ice packs
Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a bladder condition that is marked by pain and pressure. The exact cause of IC is unknown, but it may be triggered by things like stress and inflammation.
There’s no specific treatment for IC. Instead, treatment is approached on an individual basis and may involve:
Your doctor may suggest diet changes, stopping smoking, and reducing stress. Staying hydrated and getting regular exercise are other important things you can do to manage IC.
Paraspinal lumbar tenderness is also known as back pain. This potential sign of fibromyalgia can be related to the general muscle pain, stiffness, and tenderness felt in other parts of the body.
Hypersensitivity to touch, also called allodynia, may be caused by mixed messages from the neurons in the brain sending pain signals when there is no real pain.
Fibromyalgia affects each person in a different way. Beyond the usual symptoms, there are various other less common signs of fibromyalgia.
They may include:
- excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
- skin lumps (lipomas)
- muscle spasms (dystonia)
- face or jaw pain (like temporomandibular joint syndrome)
- digestive issues (like irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, or bloating)
Treatment may be targeted at the specific symptom(s), or your doctor may suggest treatments for the fibromyalgia itself.
When to talk with a doctor
Make an appointment with your doctor if you experience symptoms that concern you or interfere with your everyday life. Even if your symptoms are not related to fibromyalgia, they may be a sign of some other medical issue that needs attention.
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If you experience symptoms that concern you, make an appointment with your doctor.
Fibromyalgia can cause a range of signs and symptoms. Each can be treated with medical help and self-management strategies, like taking certain medications, improving sleep habits, and engaging in regular physical activity.