If you want to understand allodynia and fibromyalgia,
Try to imagine a world where the soft touch of a beloved hand causes excruciating pain. In this world, putting a T-shirt on, dropping an ice cube on the arm or a friendly tickle can cause extreme discomfort or pain. For people suffering from a condition known as allodynia, these experiences occur regularly. The basic definition of the condition is the pain that is produced from situations that normally should not cause pain.
Allodynia can be a difficult symptom because the pain suffered by some patients is not caused by a known mechanism of pain identified by health professionals today. Sensorielsspécifiques neurons are thought to cause pain, and these neurons can vary from one person to another. In most cases, the pain is related to fibromyalgia or hyperactive nerves near the surface of the skin.
We know that with fibromyalgia, hyperactive nerves and nerve endings can exacerbate this type of symptoms. You may find that you are more sensitive in your extremities (hands, feet, arms and legs) Besides, your face or your head might be another area for the symptoms of allodynia.
Types of Allodynia
Allodynia affects some people with fibromyalgia, but it also becomes a problem for many people with diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome and chronic migraines. Not only the cause of the pain may vary, but the symptoms may also vary. There are currently four types of Allodynia:
Tactile Allodynia: The pain is caused by a light contact. Something as simple as lying on a bed or putting on clothes can cause an incredible discomfort.
Mechanical Allodynia: The pain is caused by the light movement of objects on the skin. Imagine yourself brushing shoulders with a loved one in the hallway and grinning in pain.
Thermal Allodynia: The body reacts excessively when exposed to heat or cold. For example, an ice cube barely touching the skin can cause extreme pain or a sunny day can cause unbearable discomfort to the skin even without sunburn.
Static Allodynia: It is a form of mechanical allodynia that results from the light pressure applied to the skin. A finger touching the skin may not cause pain, but someone who lightly grasps your arm may feel extremely uncomfortable.
The symptoms of these conditions can range from a slight inconvenience to a debilitating pain that makes everyday life difficult to manage. Some people may experience symptoms continually as discomfort comes and goes for others. A person can describe pain as a sense of pins and needles while it is a pure pain for another. The variance of the disease as well as the unknown cause makes one of the greatest medical mysteries afflicting people suffering from fibromyalgia today.
Since there is no cure for allodynia and fibromyalgia, patients generally work closely with health professionals to manage the symptoms ofthe disease as effectively as possible. We can also be aware of the lifestyles that exacerbate the symptoms.
For example, a person with extreme heat sensitivity may have to avoid hot showers or stay too long outside in the heat. If you are sensitive to the cold, it would be nice to stay warm by always having a sweater, gloves or a bonnet with you, anything that helps you avoid the cold, which can cause a boost or increase in some people with fibromyalgia. Symptoms.
For those who have sensitivity to touch due to allodynia and fibromyalgia, it may be useful to wear a minimum of clothing with an extremely soft and lightweight fabric. Winter time can be difficult. The “overlay“ does not always work as well for the body of the fibrosis becauseof the sensitivity of the weight on the skin and body. Too many layers on the upper body can also move the neck slightly forward, which causes you a real pain in the neck, literally!
My experience with Allodynia and fibromyalgia
Let me give an example of how I personally feel this symptom. Now, I would attribute my experience more to what we call “thermal Allodynia” as described above in the types of allodynia. Although in my case, it‘s not just temperature, it‘s a combination of any kind of toxin in the air/environment and then what happens to me is an extreme cold sensation on my hands, my feet or around my head.
Let’s say I’m exposed to something like a toxic air freshener that saturates the air, or a strong scent of someone’s gas, and although that doesn’t happen every time I’m exposed, it creates a very uncomfortable feel where my hands become very fro Ides and it feels like there are needles just below the surface of my skin and then on the surface, feels cold.
I always avoid using liquid soaps for the hands in public places for this reason, because the strong toxins and the scent of soap will immediately cause this symptom. I can almost always attribute this feeling to something I just exposed, but not everyone, so I wanted to see how this symptom could be “activated“ in another way that is not necessarily explained in the types of allodynia