Fibromyalgia and Skin Sensitivity


by:  Aimee Reese

You will find many articles, forums, and blogs on Fibromyalgia and Skin Sensitivity out there.  Those of us that have Fibromyalgia may already suffer from skin sensitivity or could develop it down the road.

Those with Fibro can have skin sensitivity to temperature, such as feeling cooler near air conditioning or even having a burning sensation to their skin on a hot day.  They can bruise much easier than others.  They can react more severely to a minor skin irritation.

You can develop a hot spot where an area may itch, and your instinct is to scratch it, but with a Fibro person you can break the skin and cause to bleed as you are just a bit more sensitive than normal.  I have done this several times.

You can develop a sensitivity to lotions, shower gels, shampoos, detergents, softeners even cleaning products.  You may not have an issue in the beginning, but you could develop it later.  I know that some products that I consistently used for years suddenly I could not use them as I had a reaction to them.

You can burn a bit easier in the sun than you may have in the past.  All of a sudden when you used to tan so easily you are now burning like a lobster.  Sunscreen is so important to wear to keep you from burning.

There is a number of skin related symptoms that you can experience with Fibro:

  • Dry Skin – you can have dry, cracked skin. You normally can see this on your hands, or legs.
  • Itchy Skin – as I had said before, this is one I call a hot spot for me. This happens for no apparent reason, but some say it is a sensory itch on how your body interprets pain signals.
  • Rashes – these can be surface or even raised bumps. In some of these cases, you can have itching on top of it.
  • Color Change – in some case some experience a change in the color of their skin tone. You can become blotchy on your forearms or thighs.
  • Bruising – we can have unexplained bruising. I know this first hand that immediately I am going to bruise.  I have bruises on my legs and arms that I sometimes am trying to figure out how I got them.

These are just a few things that can happen while having Fibro and developing a skin sensitivity.  Each person is different, and you just have to watch your body and see if you are going to have a reaction or not.

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