Signs & Symptoms of Fibromaylgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome

DIAGNOSIS: In order to be diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, you must fit the following requirements:

history of widespread chronic pain in all four quadrants of the body
at least 11 out of the 18 tender points

Another method used in helping to diagnose FMS, is the ruling out of other possible problems. I was checked for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Lupus, and various other diseases, etc.

This first bit of information (Clinical Features of FMS) comes from a website that I can't find again (I printed out this sheet.) If this is your website, or you know the url to it, please contact me so I may fill in this information here. Thank you.

90-100%
Generalized Pain
Fatigue
Stiffness
Morning Fatigue

70-90%
Post-Exertional Malaise
Sleep Disturbances
Morning Stiffness
Headaches
Tenderness
Swollen Feeling in Tissues
Numbness & Tingling
Cognitive Impairment
Dizziness
Sensitivity to Noise, Smell & Stress
Dysmenorrhea (painful periods)
Dry Mouth

50-70%
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Blurred Vision
Affective Lability (mood swings)
Heart Palpitations
Cold Extremities
Feverous Feeling
Allergies

15-50%
Restless Legs
Muscle Twitches
Itchy Skin
Hearing Disturbances
Night Sweats
Migraines
Breathing Problems
Infection Proneness
Skin Manifextations (rashes)
Interstital Cystitis
TMJ Dysfunction
Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

Below 15%
Major Depression (concurrent)

-Based on over 1,500 patients-

Information based on a speech by Robert Olin, M.D., Ph.D.


The information I am presenting to you here, I have gotten from Devin's Diagnostic.
(A * next to items indicates those that often go along with FMS/MPS Complex, according to Dr. Devin.)

childhood growing pains
FMS&MPS Complex sinus syndrome *
allergies *
post nasal drip
frooling in sleep
swollen glands
difficulty swallowing
TMJ
dizziness when turning head fast
runny nose
sore throat
stiff neck
mold/yeast sensitivity *
headaches/migraines
alpha-delta sleep anomoly *
sweats *
morning stiffness *
shortness of breath
painful weak grip
hypoglycemic symptoms *
menstrual problems and/or pelvic pain
PMS *
low back pain
nail ridges and/or nails that curve under *
difficulty getting out known words *
directional disorientation *
visual perception problems
short-term memory impairment *
weight gain/loss *
sensitivity to odors *
mitral valve prolapse *
double/blurry/changing vission
ear aches/ringing/itch
unexplained toothaches
rapid/fluttery/irregular heart beat/heart-attack-like pain
bloating/nausea/cramps
appendicitis-like pains
carbohydrate/chocolate cravings *
sensitivity to cold/heat/humidity/pressure changes/light *
panic attacks *
mottled skin *
depression *
confusional states (aka: fibro fog) *
thumb pain and tingling numbness
a tendency to cry easily *
night driving difficulty *
weak ankles
upper/lower leg cramps
tight Achilles tendons
groin pain
irritable bladder/bowel
sciatica
impotence
painful intercourse
muscle twitching *
numbness & tingling
diffuse swelling *
hyper-sensitive nipples/breast pain
fibrocystic breasts *
buckling knee
problems climbing stairs
free-floating anxiety *
mood swings *
unaccountable irritability *
trouble concentrating *
shin splint-type pain
FMS&MPS Complex foot *
Morton's Foot *
heel pain
sensory overload *
handwriting difficulties
sore spot on top of head
problems holding arms up
"fugue" type states staring into space before brain can function again *
tight hamstrings
numbness/tingling on the outer thigh
carpal-tunnel-like pain
restless leg syndrome
myoclonus (muscle movements and jerks at night) *
feeling continued movement in car/elevator/etc. after stopping
feeling tilted when cornering in car
first steps in morning feel like walking on nails
pressure of eyeglasses/headbands painful
electromagnetic sensitivity *
thick secretions *
scar easily *
some stripes & checks cause dizziness
hurts to put hands in cold water *
bruxism *
inability to recognize familiar surroundings *
delayed reactions to "overdoing it"
family clustering *


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