It’s Not the Pain, It’s the Fatigue

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia Go Way Beyond “I’m Tired”

In a recent sur­vey, fibromyal­gia suf­fer­ers tried to describe what their symp­toms were real­ly like.

Large num­bers report­ed an over­whelm­ing feel­ing of tired­ness out of pro­por­tion to the effort they were exert­ing, and not relieved by sleep­ing or rest­ing.

They fur­ther report­ed dif­fi­cul­ty in get­ting moti­vat­ed.  Ordi­nary activ­i­ties — even ones that were poten­tial­ly enjoy­able — just didn’t seem worth the effort.  And their con­di­tion was fur­ther com­pli­cat­ed by dif­fi­cul­ty with con­cen­tra­tion or men­tal focus.

For many fibromyal­gia suf­fer­ers, the fatigue becomes a more debil­i­tat­ing symp­tom than the pain itself.  Often there’s a del­i­cate bal­anc­ing act involved: med­ica­tion used to dull pain can make fatigue worse and con­cen­tra­tion all but impos­si­ble.

Here’s more about the fibromyal­gia sur­vey.

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About Aaron Bynen

Aaron is a health conscious individual living in the Pacific Northwest.

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