Diseases and Conditions Feature

The Most Common Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

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Sensitivity to Touch


The two medical terms for the increased sensitivity to touch that many with fibromyalgia experience are hyperesthesia (being super sensitive to the sensory input of touch e.g. feeling weighed down simply by wearing a big scarf) and hyperalgesia (an inappropriately high level of pain when compared to the sensory input e.g. being in excruciating pain after a very slight burn). Both of the above can influence an individual’s quality of life and ability to perform everyday activities.

Sadly, for many, this is a vicious cycle since symptoms will worsen when sensitivity is increased, then when the sensitivity seems to go away and the individual goes on to normal activity the cycle begins again.