Skin Problems - Fibromyalgia
No End to the Pain
There seems to be no end to the pain that accompanies fibromyalgia. Everything from internal pain to external pain can be part of the list of symptoms attached to this confusing and often debilitating syndrome. To say that a person suffers with fibromyalgia pain is like saying the United States is a big country. The fact is that there are numerous types of pain and in order to bring relief, each pain has to be treated individually. Unfortunately, there isn\\\'t one pill to deal with it all - there\\\'s no magic bullet.
Hyperalgesia - Making the Pain Worse
The best researched pain and the one most commonly referred to is hyperalgesia. Hyper means excess and algesia is pain. The medical term for pain amplification in FMS is hyperalgesia. The way it is best described is that the brain signals for pain in a person with FMS are amplified, making them more severe than they would be in a person without FMS. It seems to be a combination of situations that causes hyperalgesia: high levels of activity in the pain centers, not enough serotonin, and too much glutamate. Hyperalgesia does not cause pain - it worsens existing pain. That\\\'s why it is important to treat the cause of the pain and not the symptoms of pain if at all possible. Sadly, that\\\'s a very difficult thing to do with fibromyalgia.
Don\\\'t Touch Me!
One of the most tormenting and difficult skin pains a FMS sufferer deals with is called tactile allodynia. The word tactile means touch and allodynia means a painful response to a non-painful stimulus. It is this pain response that makes it impossible for a mother to let her little child grab hold of her legs. Some people think it is bizarre behavior when she says ‘no, don\\\'t touch Mommy\\\', but the truth is that the pain on the skin is beyond expression and so she\\\'s doing what she can to avoid being touched. A hard thing when you have little kids.
Although some types of pain are more common, tactile allodynia is rare and tends to be associated with painful conditions like neuropathy, postherpetic neuralgia (shingles) and migraine - and fibromyalgia. The nociceptors, specialized nerves that pick up temperature and painful stimuli at the skin, malfunction and send signals to the brain telling it that everything is painful. Central sensitization that is associated with fibromyalgia may be the reason this happens according to some experts. It can present differently for people, sometimes being set off by an allergic response, or tight clothing, or banging into something. Suddenly the skin hurts to touch and the most important thing in the world is to get the instrument that caused the pain removed from the scene. Stripping off clothing that causes discomfort and pain is just one of the reactions a FMS person may have.