Fibromyalgia Symptoms

How do people with fibromyalgia experience pain?

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    People with fibromyalgia feel sensations of pain all over the body - in the stomach, arms, legs, tendons, muscles and tissues - places that normally would not bother someone else. This pain can come from normal pressure on the joints or from everyday stretching of muscles and tendons. So for people with fibromyalgia, a stretch is not just a stretch. It is a painful experience. Pressure is not just pressure; it’s pain. Cold water is not just cold; it’s painful. Even moving their bowels to pass stools can be painful. If you have fibromyalgia, it's important to understand that pain doesn't mean there's something wrong with the part of your body that hurts. Rather, it means your central nervous system is hypersensitive to pain sensations.
  • The pain of fibromyalgia (FM) is profound, chronic and widespread. It can migrate to all parts of the body and vary in intensity. FM pain has been described as stabbing and shooting pain, with deep muscular aching, throbbing and twitching. Neurological complaints such as numbness, tingling and burning in the extremities are often present and add to the discomfort of the person with fibromyalgia. The severity of the pain and stiffness is often worse in the morning. Aggravating factors that affect pain include cold/humid weather, non-restorative sleep, physical and mental fatigue, excessive physical activity, physical inactivity, anxiety and stress. 
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