I know that Fibro affect each person differently and there are no hard and fast “rules” when it comes to symptoms, but I am questioning a few things.
Does Fibro cause or are these things a sign of Fibro? Or do I have something else going on?
Muscle stiffness - used to be mainly my lower back, shoulders and knees. In the last few months to a year I have been having more trouble with my arms and hands as well and the intensity is progressing.
Muscle weakness - I always blamed my hands on the tendonitis or maybe arthritis. Here lately though I am noticing it more and more in my arms and legs too - like it takes more effort to use them or like they have weights attached to them. I am also seeing an increase in the frequency with which my hands, shoulders, legs, etc give out.
Numbness/tingling - constant in my left hand, though intensity varies. Generally affects my hands from the middle finger over to my little finger, though it can affect the whole hand.
Dizzy/lightheaded - sometimes a more mild, general lightheadedness, more often it is a “room spinning grab for something quick” dizziness. Normal, if not annoying, when it is the result of standing up too quickly; unnerving when it occurs at other times with no obvious cause.
Unsteady/balance issues - sometimes related to the above dizziness, but most often an issue all it’s own. Some days are better than others, but here too there has been a progression. I started out using my cane because of the pain issues, now I continue as a way to provide stability.
Bladder control issues - might be a bit TMI, sorry. Annoying at best, very embarrassing at worst. And, yes, there has been a disheartening progression here too.