The following is an extract from:
Fibromyalgia and the MindBodySpirit Connection
by William B. Salt II, MD and Edwin H. Season, MD

So Many People with So Many Symptoms

Most people with fibromyalgia also have other unexplained symptoms, the most common of which are difficulty sleeping and fatigue. There is a virtual epidemic of body symptoms that have no apparent cause. In such cases, all of the tests—including physical examination, blood tests, x-rays, endoscopic examinations, and biopsy results—are normal. These symptoms that cause people to consult with doctors and that cannot be explained by tests are called "functional," "psychosomatic," or "somatization symptoms."

The symptoms listed in Table 2, including those of fibromyalgia, are the most common symptoms for which people consult with primary care doctors. Yet, a specific disease accounting for these symptoms can only be found in 10 percent to 20 percent of patients, or in one to two of every ten patients who consult with a doctor!

Table 2 Most Common Body Symptoms Are Functional (Tests Are Normal)
Fatigue and low energy* Shortness of breath
Insomnia and difficulty sleeping* Chest pain
Gastrointestinal (IBS) Abdominal pain
Headache Back pain
TMJ (pain in the jaw) Pelvic pain
Dizziness Painful menstrual periods
Feeling faint Decreased sex drive
Difficulty concentrating Bladder problems
* The most common symptoms associated with fibromyalgia

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