Is your pain caused by chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, or arthritis? They all involve pain but they are actually quite distinct with respect to the specific symptoms and type of pain. How can you tell the difference?Read About the Individual Characteristics of These Chronic Conditions ›
Fibromyalgia Symptoms & Causes
Fibromyalgia can cause pain and stiffness in the muscles and joints almost anywhere in the body. Because these symptoms resemble those of other conditions, the lack of tests, and the absence of a cause, diagnosis of Fibromyalgia can be very difficult. Everything you need to know about fibromyalgia ›
Reduced range of motion of a joint
Cold and pale leg
High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
Inability to walk or put weight on your leg
Pain after walking or mild exertion
Pale or bluish skin (cyanosis)
Popping sound at time of leg injury
Progressive weakness and numbness down the leg with loss of bladder or bowel control
Red, warm, and swollen legs
Sores on your feet and toes that do not heal properly
Could You Have Fibromyalgia?
Neck pain is any type of pain or discomfort throughout the neck region, which consists of the cervical spine, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and blood vessels. Most people will experience neck pain at some point in their lives, and it is usually not a cause for concern.
Neck pain can be due to minor problems, such as sleeping in an awkward position, or it can be due to more serious problems, such as arthritis or degenerative disc disease. Any of the structures in the neck can become irritated or inflamed in response to a variety of different conditions.
Depending on the underlying cause, neck pain may last briefly, or it may be chronic, defined as lasting more than three months. Your neck pain may feel like a dull ache, or it may be sharp and jolting in a specific area. Although most cases of neck pain resolve themselves in a few days to a few weeks with basic self-care measures, neck pain can also persist and lead to more serious problems, such as nerve damage.Learn More About Neck Pain ›
Doctors still have much to learn about what causes fibromyalgia. What they do know is that many times, it doesn't occur alone. People with fibromyalgia frequently cope with chronic headaches, depression, and other painful or debilitating disorders.
Understanding how these conditions interact may eventually help researchers develop better treatments for fibromyalgia. In the meantime, learning about related conditions could help you identify other causes for your symptoms. This knowledge can help you and your doctor manage and improve your health.Learn More About These Related Conditions ›
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