Fibromyalgia Pain Types The first three Fibromyalgia Pain Types are medically defined:
- Painful paresthesia
The next four fibromyalgia pain, Types are my own creation, which is obvious by their names. Don’t use these terms in a fibromyalgia doctor’s office (unless you want to be seen as crazy), but these labels may help you get to know your body’s quirks, triggers, patterns, etc
Knife in the voodoo doll
Randomly roving Fibromyalgia Pain
First, our medically defined Fibromyalgia Pain Types.
Hyperalgesia:“Hyper” means excess and “algesia” means pain. Hyperalgesia is the medical term for pain amplification in FMS. Our brains appear to take normal Fibromyalgia Pain signals and “turn up the volume,” making them more severe than they would normally be. And when your brain says pain is severe, guess what: it actually becomes severe.Most of the drugs used for managing FMS pain are aimed, at least in part, at reducing hyperalgesia.
Allodynia:Is your skin painful to the touch? A symptom that perplexes a lot of us is allodynia. That’s what it’s called when mild pressure from clothing or gentle massage causes Fibromyalgia Pain. A lot of people describe allodynia as similar to a bad sunburn. Allodynia is a fairly rare Fibromyalgia Pain types —other than FMS, it’s only associated with a handful of conditions, including neuropathy, postherpetic neuralgia (shingles), and migraine. Allodynia is believed to be a hypersensitive reaction that may result from the central sensitization associated with FMS. The pain signals originate with specialized nerves, called nociceptors, that sense information about things like temperature and painful stimuli right from the skin.
Painful Paresthesia: Paresthesias are odd nerve sensations that can feel like crawling, tingling, burning, itching or numbness. Sometimes, these sensations can be painful. Paresthesias are also associated with peripheral neuropathy, chemotherapy drugs, multiple sclerosis and migraine. Many common FMS treatments can help alleviate paresthesia-related pain, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). Some people also have good luck with vitamin B12, capsaicin cream, massage, and acupuncture.its very difficult to live with Painful Paresthesiathat is one type of Fibromyalgia Pain types.
My Own Pain Categories: Once again, the following categories are not medically recognized—they’re things I came up with to fill a gap in how we classify different Fibromyalgia Pain Types. They’re intended to help you track symptoms, gauge effectiveness of treatments, and to let you know you’re not crazy.
Knife in the Voodoo Doll: Sometimes, out of nowhere, I’ll get an intense stabbing Fibromyalgia Pain that seems to cut through my body,very painful type of fibromyalgia pain types. I’ve also described this as a fireplace poker in the ribs or being impaled on a spear.For me, the voodoo doll pain is often my body’s early warning system. It tells me that I need to stop what I’m doing and rest. Other times, I have no idea why it strikes.I generally get this pain in my chest or abdomen, but some people say they get it in other parts of the body.It can be so intense that it can double me over and make it hurt to breathe. It usually goes away as after a few minutes.I have no idea how to prevent this type of Fibromyalgia Pain, other than by pacing myself. (If only I could find that darned doll….)
Sparkler Burns: One 4th of July, when I was young, I hung onto a sparkler for too long and some sparks hit my hand. They caused tiny pin-pricks of pain almost identical to sensations I now get regularly.Sparkler-burn Fibromyalgia Pain makes me jump, and scratching the painful spots triggers tactile allodynia. These sensations usually just last a few seconds. I have no idea what triggers them or how to prevent them.
Rattled Nerves: Most people won’t understand why I call this a type of Fibromyalgia Pain, but I’m sure most fibromites will get it.Certain things tend to get my whole body on edge, jumpy, and feeling rattled. It makes me ache all over, and sometimes I get nauseous, dizzy and anxious.Things that rattle my nerves generally involve sensory or emotional overload, such as: certain sounds (repetitive, loud, shrill, grating) visual chaos (crowds, flashing lights, busy patterns) stressful situations (busy traffic, confrontations, fibro-fog induced confusion or disorientation) When my nerves are rattled, I try to get out of the situation as quickly as possible and relax, preferably somewhere quiet.
Living with Pain:It’s difficult to live with all Fibromyalgia Pain types, especially when it’s unpredictable. The more you learn about your pain and its triggers, the better you may be able to manage it.Finding the right set of treatments takes time and experimentation, but many of us do find significant relief.