A topic that many of us familiarise with in varying ways such as temperature, touch, pain, smell, taste, or hearing just to name a few. No two Fibromites are the same though!, as we are all affected differently in differing ways. Another reason for why it is an illness which is difficult to diagnose.
Which sensitivities so you struggle with?
Many patients with Fibromyalgia report having problems with varying sensitivities that can affect their senses, specifically, touch, sound, audio & smell. I am interested to find out which sensitivities annoy us the most, maybe together we can think of new ways to tackle the problems that we have with them and share our fave hints and tips to avoid and beat those irritants!
Of course other illnesses also come into this category of discussion such as Connective Tissue Disorders like Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome, Joint Hypermobility Syndrome or Lupus for a few examples.
Fibromyalgia can make you extremely sensitive to pain all over your body, and you may find that even the slightest touch is painful. If you hurt yourself – for example, if you stub your toe – the pain may continue for much longer than it normally would.
Hyperalgesia– when you are extremely sensitive to pain & your pain senses are heightened more than normal.
Allodynia – when you feel pain from something that should not be painful at all, such as a very light touch such as fabric against the skin for example.
You may also be sensitive to things such as perfumes (chemical senstivities), smoke, certain foods and bright lights (photophobia). Being exposed to something you are sensitive to can cause your other fibromyalgia symptoms to flare up.
From our own Posts:
Which of these sensitivities cause you the most discomfort?
You can select your top 3 🙂
Have one to add that’s not on the list just write it in the ‘OTHER’ box.
Have something to share about your sensitivities? Please feel free to tell us a bit more in the comments box at the end of the poll 🙂
These following links take you to an article by fellow fibromite and spoonie Fibro Daze, and her blogsite, who discusses Fibro and Hyper-sensitivity:
Fibro Daze Blog Home Page: www.fibrodaze.com/
From our own Posts:
Attributing Article: AMF / ACHEnet.org – June 2014 Kathleen B. Digre MD, University of Utah
Further reading for info and other peoples stories regarding Fibro and hypersensitivities:
Everyday Health – everydayhealth.com – fibromyalgia coping with sensory overload
Medical Dictionary –
The Invisible F (Fibro & Depression Blogger) –