You hear a lot about “fibromyalgia pain,” but those of us with fibromyalgia (FMS) experience several kinds of pain. Medically speaking, only a few of the Fibromyalgia Pain Types I talk about here have names and definitions. But just as Eskimos have several words for snow, I think we need to have several ways to name, define and categorize our pain. I’ve created some of my own categories, based on my experience and on conversations with other fibromites. My hope is that understanding the medical terms will help us communicate better with doctors, while my categories will help you understand your illness and let you know you’re not alone.

 

Fibromyalgia Pain Types The first three Fibromyalgia Pain Types are medically defined:

  • Hyperalgesia
  • Allodynia
  • Painful paresthesia

The next four fibromyalgia pain, Types are my own creation, which is obvious by their names. Don’t use these terms in a fibromyalgia doctor’s office (unless you want to be seen as crazy), but these labels may help you get to know your body’s quirks, triggers, patterns, etc

Knife in the voodoo doll
Randomly roving Fibromyalgia Pain
Sparkler burns
Rattled nerves

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