Fibromyalgia Is Such a Pain

Fibromyalgia Is Such a Pain
Many different types of pain can accompany fibro. In this column, I'll discuss a few of them. It's not enough to say only that we experience hurt, we also need to know the different types of pain that are normal for us. You may experience these types of pain at different times, or you may not experience all of them. That's normal as well. Costochondritis is something not all fibro sufferers are aware of. The first time I experienced it, I ended up in the emergency room thinking I was having a heart attack. The hospitalist actually mentioned costochondritis to me as the most likely cause of my pain after they ruled out a heart issue. This condition is caused by inflammation where the ribs meet the sternum. Pressing on that area will reproduce the pain. It usually is resolved on its own, but that could take days or weeks. Depending on the severity, your doctor may decide to treat it with pain medication or a TENS unit, or even by suggesting simple stretching exercises. Since being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I have experienced this multiple times, and so far for me, it hasn't lasted more than a few days at a time. If you've never experienced it, know that it can be quite disconcerting. Allodynia is a type of pain that is rare apart from fibromyalgia, and it mainly affects the skin. It is caused by something that under normal circumstances would not cause hurt. Sometimes it is caused by touch. Some examples of this might be: someone touching or hugging you, the feeling of clothing touching your skin, the discomfort of bra straps or waistbands, or even the elastic on your socks. For this reason, I choose to wear loose-fitting dresses and a bra only when I go out.  Sometimes just the touch of a towel after a shower, or even your sheets touching your ski
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