According to Dictionary.com, a syndrome is “a group of symptoms that together are characteristic of a specific disorder, disease, or the like.” Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that has a primary symptom of widespread pain but because it is a syndrome has a host of other symptoms that characterize it.
Most people with fibromyalgia have multiple symptoms. Researchers have compiled a list and documented the frequency that the fibro sufferers experience them.
As already stated, the number one symptom of fibromyalgia is widespread muscle pain. This is found in 100 percent of fibromyalgics and is a required symptom for an official diagnosis. Fatigue is also a common symptom and is experienced by 80 percent of those with fibromyalgia. Seventy-five percent report having sleep difficulties while 64 percent experience numbness and tingling and 60 percent dizziness. Forty percent report having a swollen feeling in their tissues.
Carol Jessop, MD, gathered information from 1,000 of her patients. In addition to those symptoms mentioned above, she found that most of her patients were battling depression. Forty percent had Raynaud’s syndrome, which is characterized by cold hands and feet with poor circulation. Twenty-four percent had anxiety. A significant percentage — 65 percent — of her patients had low temperature suggesting low thyroid and metabolism.
Many of Dr. Jessop’s patients had deficiencies. For example, 85 percent had white spots on their nails, suggesting low zinc and poor digestion or malabsorption. One half suffered from severe headaches, which is usually associated with low magnesium and thyroid or adrenal hormones. Another large group, 82 percent, tested positive for yeast in their stool cultures.
The National Fibromyalgia Association states that many individuals experience a number of overlapping conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, lupus and arthritis. They note that additional symptoms may include headaches and migraines, impaired memory and concentration, skin sensitivities and rashes, dry eyes and mouth, ringing in the ears, vision problems, neurologic symptoms and impaired coordination.