Types of Pain
The first three types of fibromyalgia pain are medically defined:
- Painful Paresthesia
“Hyper” means excess and “algesia” means pain. Hyperalgesia is the medical term for pain amplification in FMS. Our brains appear to take normal pain signals and “turn up the volume,” making them more severe than they would normally be. Most of the drugs used for managing FMS pain are aimed, at least in part, at reducing hyperalgesia.
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 pain.
A lot people describe allodynia as similar to a bad sunburn.
Allodynia is a fairly rare type of pain — 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.
Paresthesias are odd nerve sensations that can feel like crawling, tingling, burning, itching or numbness. Sometimes, these sensations can be painful. Paresthsias 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.
These are definitely worth a mention as they are very accurate. Please take a moment to read them as they can very well help you to describe the different pains we experience. You also may consider to subscribe to Adrienne Dwello‘s letters and bookmark her website. She is a wealth of information and completely understands firbromyalgia.
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