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3 Morning Symptoms in People with Fibromyalgia

3 Morning Symptoms in People with Fibromyalgia – 3 Morning Symptoms in People with Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a chronic (long-term) disorder that causes aches and pains throughout the body, as well as fatigue and trouble sleeping. Experts don’t fully understand what causes it, but people with this disorder have a heightened sensitivity to pain.

Do morning symptoms of fibromyalgia include fatigue, stiffness, pain, and possibly swelling in the hands and feet or around the eyes? You are not alone. These are all part of the morning symptoms experienced by many people with fibromyalgia.

While not everyone with fibromyalgia experiences morning symptoms as will be described further below, they are quite common.

Morning stiffness

It’s quite normal for people with fibromyalgia to wake up feeling stiff and achy all over or having trouble standing straight for a while, according to a 2011 report in the journal Current Pain and Headache Reports.

For many people, the pain tends to be different from other fibromyalgia pain. It’s often more like the muscle pain that healthy people feel the day after a very strenuous activity or perhaps a minor car accident.

It is not clear why these symptoms are felt in the morning. Even though they may often feel sedentary, those around them report that the person seems restless.

Certain positions start to hurt so that the person affected will change their body position. Then another position begins to hurt and the person changes positions again. There’s a possibility of morning stiffness because they didn’t move around enough during the night.

Some people manage these symptoms by taking a hot bath or Epsom salt bath before bed. Others try to overcome it with simple yoga or other stretches before going to bed, or before getting out of bed. Medication, whether for pain or sleep, can also help.

Morning fatigue

There’s a simple reason for these symptoms: people with fibromyalgia don’t sleep well. In fact, fibromyalgia is linked to several sleep disorders, such as:

  • Insomnia.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Restless leg syndrome.
  • Bruxism.

Research in the 2018 British Journal of Pain suggests that some people with fibromyalgia have abnormal sleep patterns that interfere with deep sleep and generally unrefreshing sleep.

Any of these problems can make a fibromyalgia patient feel tired the next day. If there is some combination of problems, it will be more difficult to get quality sleep.

On the other hand, the symptoms of fibromyalgia are also concerned with pain. Pain can certainly make a person stay awake or awaken from sleep periodically. Anxiety can make it hard to relax. Sensitivity to noise and light can make seemingly small things keep fibromyalgia patients awake, perhaps with a big adrenaline effect.

For people with a type of pain called allodynia, even the brush of a sheet against the skin or a crease in a nightgown can cause searing pain.

Many people with fibromyalgia complain of being too hot and/or sweaty to get a good night’s sleep. Temperature sensitivity is common with this disorder, and not just sensitivity to heat. Hands that are not covered by a blanket may become uncomfortably cold, or even painful, and it can take a long time to warm back up. They are also prone to excessive sweating.

Swelling in the morning

As explained on the Verywell Health page, some people with fibromyalgia wake up with swelling in their hands and feet or around their eyes. The cause is unknown.

Swelling is generally believed to be the result of excess fluid, not inflammation. However, some cases of fibromyalgia may involve inflammation.

Sometimes, the swelling isn’t a problem, but it may be uncomfortable or painful. Common problems include the aching pain of a swollen toe in the morning, or clumsiness due to a temporary loss of dexterity in the toes. Using swollen hands to apply makeup on swollen eyes can also be difficult.

Occasionally, some people report eating foods like cucumber helps relieve fluid retention. Meanwhile, some others report that they benefit from massage therapy, especially a type of massage called manual lymph drainage. Again, everyone should find out what is best for them.​​

Some medications also cause swelling, so be aware of possible side effects and discuss them with your doctor.

Those are some morning symptoms that are common in people with fibromyalgia. While these symptoms can cause problems getting out of bed in the morning, they’re usually not the worst symptom of fibromyalgia. Also, usually these morning symptoms will go away on their own as the day progresses.

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