Chronic pain is just one of the many symptoms that almost always occur in fibromyalgia, but for me it is the most frequent.
Pain affects all aspects of my life.
Expensive payment for all physical activity that I practice; Even the smallest task can lead to a marked increase in my symptoms.
Fibromyalgia pain is unique due to its severity, complexity, and the various systems involved.
There are three main types of pain in fibromyalgia: hyperalgesia, allodynia, and paresthesia.
Hyperalgesia literally means excessive pain: “hyper” means excessive pain and “algesia” means pain. It is the medical name for the intensification of pain in fibromyalgia.
Allodynia is the pain you feel when you touch or rub your skin.
For example, light pressure on clothing or a gentle massage causes pain or even a light breeze blowing on the skin.
It is a hypersensitivity to stimuli that would not normally cause pain.
Paresthesia is a strange nervous sensation that looks like something that crawls, tingles, burns, itches, or numbs, for example, a numbness in the middle of the foot or a burning sensation in the back.
But, to be honest, those words mean very little to anyone who doesn’t have fibromyalgia.
To give people who have no idea what it’s like to live with this painful and debilitating illness, I describe the pain I suffer in a way that I hope everyone can understand.
- Burned Skin
Sometimes my skin feels like it’s burning, it feels raw.
Imagine spending hours in the sun without sunscreen. Dive into the sea and the salty water burns your damaged skin. So you dress up at night to go out and your clothes rub your skin.
If you have fibromyalgia, clothing alone can cause this pain, no sunlight is necessary.
- Burning /
pain burning This is a pain that I find particularly hard to bear. It is so bad that it takes my breath away.
The pain comes in waves and is accompanied by nausea.
- Pain in
the joints My joint pain is a dull throbbing pain. It mainly affects the knees, but it can also affect other areas.
- Muscle pain
My muscles ache constantly. Even the smallest activity makes it throb and burn.
It is impossible for me to feel good when my muscles hurt, it makes me very uncomfortable.
Cramping muscles have muscle cramps every day, are almost constant. It is as if you are not in control of your body, as if an unforeseen force manipulates you.
- Sharp pain
You feel like someone is using you like a voodoo doll.
- I’m sure there is a technical term for itching and shooting pain, but “a cross between itching and sting” is the best way to describe it.
It happens deep in my muscles and it’s impossible to scratch the itch. It also pushes on the affected body part.
Not only the skin, but also the inner part, which feels sore and sensitive.
My chest and chest are injured most of the time, which can make breathing painful (costochondral pain).
I feel sick throughout the body When I am hypersensitive, I feel sick throughout the body.
The slightest touch or movement causes stabbing pain in my body.
Imagine that a healthy person goes to the gym after months of inactivity. Lift weights and exercise with your whole body.
The next day, they feel stiff and have trouble moving. A person with fibromyalgia wakes up every morning and feels like this.
It looks like he was wearing a suit under the skin that was two sizes smaller.
Radiated pain I feel pain that has a central point, but radiates from that point. The pain can start in my back, but it also goes through my legs, for example.
- Pain through touch
Even the smallest touch of a loved one can cause pain.
I have to wear clothes that are two sizes bigger and made of soft, seamless material. I wear soft, flat shoes and I have to cut my hair because my skin hurts a lot. Touching causes many of the types of pain that I have described.
- Migraine / Headache
I don’t think a day goes by without a headache, it may be due to stress.
My migraine is aggravated by stress and hormones. If they hit me, I will be incapacitated.
I lose my sight and the pain is so strong …
The slightest movement, touch or noise causes stabbing pain in the head and face.
- Tickling the skin
It seems that thousands of insects run through my skin. Hypersensitivity
Some days the noise is unbearable. Before long, I feel pain, nausea, dizziness, tremors, and a threatening panic attack. But it is not just noise, I am also hypersensitive to smells, light and touch. Yes, a strong perfume smell can cause pain.
Irritable bowel syndrome
Fibromyalgia is often associated with other conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Contrary to what people think, IBS pain not only occurs in the intestine, but also radiates to other areas of the body, especially the back.
It is a sharp, burning pain. Gas trapped in the already inflamed intestine is one of the most painful symptoms of IBS and is overwhelming.
Pain is not the only symptom of fibromyalgia, but it is the symptom that has the greatest negative impact on my life and health.