Fibromyalgia is a difficult medical condition of unknown origins that afflicts the body with chronic pain. The body experiences widespread pain in the joints, muscles, tendons, and soft tissues. While many medical conditions are accompanied by fatigue, the chronic pain and body aches associated with fibromyalgia can make fatigue even more prominent.
Many patients with fibromyalgia suffer from exhausting and chronic fatigue. Some compare the level of fatigue to the exhaustion experienced during bouts of the flu. Sufferers can get a full night of sleep and still wake up deeply tired. A restful sleep may also be difficult when it is interrupted by chronic pain.
As a result of feeling tired all the time, additional issues will arise that can be disruptive to your life. Fatigue can also bring on issues with depression, anxiety, irritability, and mood swings. For some sufferers, the chronic fatigue can be as debilitating as the chronic pain. This can make it difficult to live a productive life and can limit one’s ability to work safely.
Being fatigued all of the time, in addition to the chronic pain, can be a risk on the job. Workers who are not able to get sufficient sleep each night may not be able to perform their job effectively or safely, putting others at risk of injuries on the job. Fibromyalgia’s chronic pain can also prevent work performance and may limit what a person can do each day on the job.
Fatigue resulting from fibromyalgia can be difficult to treat. Being unable to rest due to chronic pain may result in having to take prescription medications. This can be hazardous in the workplace even if a doctor prescribes it. Fibromyalgia is also known to cause difficulties in concentrating on things and when mixed with prescription medications may require you avoid work for the safety of others. If you will be out of work, it is likely that you will be eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits.