7. Morning Stiffness
If you have been experiencing a group of the symptoms described above, and wake up feeling stiff in the joints and muscles, unable to move yourself out of bed, you might be suffering from fibromyalgia.
Morning stiffness was identified as a common symptom in fibromyalgia patients, according to a survey of 2,596 fibromyalgia patients published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders in 2007.
Morning stiffness is exacerbated by poor sleep and body pain. Although many people, including doctors, may consider it a non-serious symptom, it can be extremely distressing for fibromyalgia patients who go through it regularly, and in conjunction with other symptoms.
8. Memory and Concentration Problems
A phrase that has become popular in this connection is “fibro fog”, or a mental foggy buildup that forms around the brains of fibromyalgia patients, preventing them from remembering things and concentrating.
You may find yourself forgetting and/or mixing up names and other details. You may suddenly notice a significantly reduced attention span.
People with fibromyalgia may often talk slowly and find it unable to sustain a conversation due to their lack of alertness and inability to remember things.
Keeping up with deadlines may suddenly become daunting and you may find yourself falling behind on chores that previously seemed effortless.
Tests conducted on fibromyalgia patients revealed mental deceleration mimicking two decades of aging and difficulty concentrating on complex memory exercises, according to a 2008 study published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.
Mental impairment in fibromyalgia may increase with other symptoms, such as lack of sleep, depression, anxiety and body pain.