Central Nervous System:
Fatigue, irritability, nervousness, depression, apathy, listlessness, impaired memory and concentration, anxieties, and suicidal thoughts. Frequent awakening reflects neck discomfort that ensures non-restorative sleep.
Swollen structures pressure nerves to produce a variety of aches, pains and generalized morning stiffness. Muscles, tendons, ligaments or fascia from anywhere on the body participate. They easily tire and weaken. They cause calf or foot cramps, numbness and tingling of the face and digits. Old injured or operative sites are commonly affected. Fibromyalgia is deemed non-arthritic yet joints may hurt, swell, get hot, red, and potentially warn of damage later in the illness.
Irritable Bowel: (leaky gut, spastic colon or mucous colitis).
Symptoms include nausea (usually in transient waves), indigestion, gas, bloating, steady aching, cramps, alternating constipation and diarrhea, and sometimes mucous stools.
This system is affected almost exclusively in women: pungent urine, urgency with scant urine, frequency, bladder spasms and pain, burning urination (dysuria), repeated bladder infections and so-called interstitial cystitis. The term “vulvodynia” describes vaginal spasms, irritation of the labia (vulvitis) or a deeper involvement (vestibulitis) without the typical cottage-cheese discharge that would specify a yeast infection. Collectively, they cause painful intercourse (dyspareunia). Most fibromyalgia symptoms get worse premenstrually and even resurrect previously-dormant PMS and uterine cramping.
Various rashes may appear with or without itching: hives, red blotches, acne-like bumps, blisters, eczema, seborrheic or neurodermatitis, and rosacea. Skin is often dry; nails are brittle or easily peel; hair is of poor quality and often falls out prematurely. Odd sensations (paresthesias, allodynia) are common such as cold, burning (especially palms, soles and thighs), crawling, electric vibrations, prickling, super sensitivity to touch, and flushing often accompanied by clamminess or sweating.
Head, Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat:
Variously-located headaches (migraines), dizziness, vertigo or imbalance; itchy, burning dry eyes or lids can produce morning sticky-sandy discharges; blurred vision; nasal congestion and post-nasal drip; burning or painful mouth and tongue; abnormal tastes (bad, metallic); intermittent low-pitched sounds or transient ringing in the ears (tinnitus); ear and eyeball pain; sensitivity to light, sounds and various odors sufficient to induce headaches.
Weight gain; mild fever; reduced immunity to infection; morning eyelid and hand swelling due to fluid retention that by evening gravitates to the legs and stretches nerve endings to produce restless leg syndrome; adult-onset asthma or hay fever.