Unfortunately, fibromyalgia symptoms and many other autoimmune diseases are much more widespread today than they were in the past. Many of them don’t show up in blood or other medical testing… and some diseases like fibromyalgia don’t have diagnostic lab tests at all. They have to be pinned down by the process of elimination and physical exams by your doctor. Growing children have different physical needs and conditions than adults, and their symptoms of the disease can be wildly different. That’s why pediatric medicine is such a specialized field… and the study of fibromyalgia symptoms and autoimmune diseases is endless.
When a child exhibits symptoms of pain, fatigue, sleeplessness, bad dreams, insomnia, and sensitivities to smells and bright lights… we tend to think of them as “growing pain” issues… and perfectly normal. After all, everyone experiences these things from time to time. However, children may not be able to describe what’s going on with them and a combination of these fibromyalgia symptoms, in any grouping, should be setting off alarm bells for you as a parent.
Fibromyalgia can be sneaky, and if you don’t know what you’re looking for you can misunderstand the significance of the symptoms as unrelated as they may seem. No two fibromyalgia sufferers have situations that are exactly alike. Even the presumed triggers of the syndrome a severe illness or accident preceding the onset of the fibromyalgia symptoms will be different for each individual.
It wasn’t until I was in my late forties that I was personally diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The syndrome appears to have been triggered after an accident at the age of five. I had some very weird and misunderstood fibromyalgia symptoms. I’ve listed some questions here, that you can ask your child: