Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes pain throughout the body, often with particularly intense symptoms in certain hotspots. Most people with the disease experience flare-ups in the back and neck. Doctors may refer to fibromyalgia as hyperalgesia or allodynia.
People with fibromyalgia may feel pain in response to touch or slight pressure. 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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