Fibromyalgia syndrome is a cognitive disorder that affects the central nervous system. This is a disease and there is no cure. This disease is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, chronic fatigue, depression, fibro fog, and fibro flares.
Fibromyalgia is a central nervous system disorder. The entire nervous system becomes oversensitive to everything around us! Reacting to this unpleasant stimulus, known as “noxious stimuli” is what a person with fibro feels. Lights are too bright, smells are overpowering, noises are too irritating, heal is too hot, cold is too cold, and touch is too painful. (Happy Birthday Fibromyalgia…)
Chronic fatigue felt by a person with fibromyalgia is never ending, even after a full nights sleep. Energy is fleeting. This is not just being tired and taking a nap to refresh yourself. It doesn’t matter how much sleep a person with fibromyalgia gets, exhaustion is felt throughout the day. Many individuals have sleep disorders that prevent them from obtaining a deep sleep, this adds to the exhaustion already experienced by the individual with fibromyalgia. (Should I Leave the Spoon Theory Behind?)
Depression is common in people with fibromyalgia. It was found that a person with Fibromyalgia has lowered Dopamine level production (Dopamine and the Fibro Brain.) thus their sense of well-being is low. Living with pain and fatigue day-to-day will also cause depression.
Fibro fog is a cognitive disorder. This is not like just forgetting someone’s name or where you put your keys, this is a dysfunction that occurs in the brain. (Welcome to Fibro for a Day!)
A Fibro flare is a tempory increase in pain and/or symptoms of fibromyalgia. This occurs when we over-do things, expending our energy, and at other times for no reason. This will pass but you will experience flares throughout the entire time you have this disease.(Fibromyalgia Flare! Again.)
There is a full list of fibromyalgia symptoms listed on this site’s menu, I have only covered the very basic ones. (Fibromyalgia Symptoms)