Fibromyalgia is a chronic medical condition, with periods of flare-ups alternating with easier days for those with it. In general, people with fibromyalgia experience aches and pains in all parts of their body. They may also feel that these aches are concentrated in particular hot spots or tender areas. Fibromyalgia can cause pain in the back and neck in particular. Sometimes doctors describe this illness under different names: hyperalgesia or allodynia.
Feeling pains all over the body is the most common fibromyalgia symptom. Individuals often experience these pains in different ways. In some cases the fibromyalgia pains focus on certain limbs or areas of the body. They may also vary in intensity both between these different focal points and over time. Sometimes peoples say they experience sharp stabbing pains; other times what they have is more of an ache than a pain. The pains are usually continuous but due to these variations they may be more or less tolerable at different periods.
People with a fibromyalgia condition frequently feel pain in response to touch or slight pressure applied to different parts of their body. In particular, they feel a great deal of pain if someone touches their neck, arm, legs, or any other limb that is a fibromyalgia focal point. In addition, if they accidentally bang their finger or toe, the pain they feel continues much longer than it does in the case of someone without the condition. This heightened sensitivity to pressure-triggered pains makes it very challenging to live a normal active lifestyle.
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