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Chronic pain is just one of the myriad of symptoms present within the fibromyalgia body at any one time, but for me it is the most predominant one. Pain affects every aspect of my life. I pay for every physical activity I do; even the smallest task can lead to a flare of my symptoms.
Hyperalgesia is literally translated to excess pain: “hyper” means excess and “algesia” means pain. It is the medical term for pain intensification in fibromyalgia.
Allodynia is the pain you feel when your skin is being touched. For example, a mild pressure from clothing or a gentle massage causes pain or a light breeze blowing across your skin. It is hypersensitivity to stimuli that would not normally cause any pain.
Paresthesia is the odd nerve sensation that feels like something crawling, tingling, burning, itching or numbness, for example, a numb spot in the middle of your foot or a burning sensation on your back.
But to be honest, these words mean very little to anyone who doesn’t have fibromyalgia. So to give non-fibro people an idea of what it feels like to live with this painful and debilitating illness, I am going to describe the pain I experience, in a way I hope everyone can relate to.