The 18 tender points associated with fibromyalgia occur in symmetrical pairs from the back of your head to your inner knees. You hurt all over, and you frequently feel exhausted. Even after numerous tests, your doctor can't find anything specifically wrong with you. If this sounds familiar, you may have fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain in your muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as fatigue and multiple tender points — places on your body where slight pressure causes pain.
Fibromyalgia occurs in about 2 percent of the population in the United States. Women are much more likely to develop the disorder than are men, and the risk of fibromyalgia increases with age. Fibromyalgia symptoms often begin after a physical or emotional trauma, but in many cases there appears to be no triggering event.
Signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia can vary, depending on the weather, stress, physical activity or even the time of day.
It's time to make an appointment with the doctor. Which doctor? I don't have a primary yet, only specialist. Oh joy. I just keep putting it off. Honestly what can they do? Not much but pat me on the leg and smile, right? Therapy? No thanks, not taking drugs. Learn to deal with stress.. I do internalize it. I'm exercising though.... and eating chocolate, the ultimate stress reliever. Move to a warmer climate? Maybe? All I know is that I am so ( insert bad word here) tired of being sore and tired and lacking my beauty sleep. No wonder I'm looking old!
Good thing it's Friday... movie, chocolate and wine tonight.