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May 12, 2013

‘Fibro Fighter’ struggles with fatigue, debilitating pain

May 12 is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day


The Cullman Fibromyalgia Group meets on the last Monday night of each month at 6 p.m. in the meeting room at the Aquatic and Wellness Center in Cullman.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

· Chronic muscle pain, muscle spasms or tightness

· Moderate or severe fatigue and decreased energy

· Insomnia or waking up feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep

· Stiffness upon waking or after staying in one position for too long

· Difficulty remembering, concentrating, and performing simple mental tasks ("fibro fog")

· Abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and constipation alternating with diarrhea (irritable bowel syndrome)

· Tension or migraine headaches

· Jaw and facial tenderness

· Sensitivity to one or more of the following: Odors, noise, bright lights, medications, certain foods, and cold

· Feeling anxious or depressed

· Numbness or tingling in the face, arms, hands, legs, or feet

· Increase in urinary urgency or frequency (irritable bladder)

· Reduced tolerance for exercise and muscle pain after exercise

· A feeling of swelling (without actual swelling) in the hands and feet

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