Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

4 answers | Last updated: Sep 12, 2016
A fellow caregiver asked...

How do I know if my wife's joint pain and achy muscles are caused by fibromyalgia or something else?

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There is no sure way to know if your wife's joint pain is a symptom of fibromyalgia or if is something else. I presume she has been to a doctor and had a thorough workup to find out the cause of her joint pain. If not, she needs to do that. Joint pain can come from many other causes besides fibromyalgia. Some conditions in which joint pain is a symptom can be treated successfully. You need medical advice and I encourage you to get it soon. If there is an effective way to relieve her joint pain it is well worth finding out and trying what her doctor prescribes. When you visit the doctor, it can be helpful to have a record of how often the joint pain comes on, how bad it gets, the time of day it bothers her most and what has worked in the past to help her feel better. If you have that information ready, the doctor has a better chance of helping.

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A fellow caregiver answered...

My wife's fibromyalgia is triggered about every night, but especially if there is rain in the forecast or it is raining. The pain can sometimes be unbearable. Her legs will start jumping and she is unable to stop the movements. Her medication, requip, does seem to help. She takes 3 mg on nights when she knows she will suffer, but I give her 2 mg most nights. A doctor can best tell you if there is arthritis pain, other joint pain, or fibromyalgia. There is no known cure as far a I know.

Ca-claire answered...

I have fibromyalgia, and arthritis.I do notice that if the barometric pressure is falling (as in a low pressure zone is coming into the area), and rain is in the forecast, my arthritis gets noticeably more painful. My fibromyalgia gets cranky when I eat nightshade veggies (potatoes, tomatoes, mushrooms) the more of them I eat, the more likely I will be laid up for days on end.

With the kicking, it sounds more like restless leg than fibromyalgia, has she been tested for sleep disorders?

Venusblue answered...

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