With the first one, we don’t know why, but those of us with fibromyalgia seem to have more problems with chronic sinusitis that others do. It’s like having a cold or virus that never goes away. One study found that inflammation of the nose and sinuses in patients with unexplained chronic fatigue or bodily pain [symptoms of fibromyalgia] could be as significant as the gastrointestinal problems we experience. And, a research review suggests there is a correlation of sinus inflammation in fibromyalgia. With muscle tightening, normal fluid passages are constricted. Fluid backs up in the sinuses, causing constant post nasal drip, although the nose itself may be dry. Fibromyalgia patients complain of unilateral sinus blockage, which changes from side to side as they turn in bed. The side they sleep on most often has the worst pattern of symptoms from post nasal drip. About 70% of fibro patients are diagnosed with non-allergic rhinitis (sinus problems not associated with allergies) each year. 90% of patients complain of nasal allergies with constant runny nose and congestion.
The second symptom that doesn’t get much attention is vocal myospasms. This is when the throat muscles are strained and tighten up leading to vocalization troubles such as hoarseness. It is no wonder fibromyalgia patients suffer from sore throat muscles, due to the fact that the 18 tender points used to diagnose fibromyalgia are centered around the neck, shoulder, chest, hip, knee and elbow regions. Of the people with chronic fatigue syndrome, 80% of them have swollen or tender lymph nodes. Chronic fatigue syndrome have a lot of the same characteristics to fibromyalgia.