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3 Fibromyalgia Pain Types

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013



What is fibromyalgia, and what type of pain symptoms does it cause? Unlike other types of chronic pain, fibromyalgia includes a wide variety of seemingly-unrelated debilitating ailments.

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If you suffer from arthritis, then you experience joint stiffness and muscle pain in certain targeted areas of the body. Likewise, people with chronic headaches suffer intense head pain and several other physical complaints.

Fibromyalgia, on the other hand, is more like a full-frontal assault on the body, by the body; an autoimmune condition in which you experience multiple types of chronic pain symptoms in various “hot spots” around the body.

There are three specific types of pain symptoms associated with fibromyalgia; they include:


Hyperalgesia is defined as increased sensitivity to pain, resulting from peripheral nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy). With fibromyalgia, you typically experience pain on a much deeper level than others, as your reaction to pain is more severe, amplified by over-reactive nerve cells.

Causes of hyperalgesia may include severe vitamin B12 deficiency, as vitamin B12 is crucial for sustaining healthy neurological functioning, especially where the peripheral nervous system is concerned.

To ensure proper neurological health with fibromyalgia, it’s crucial to maintain normal vitamin B12 levels at all times.


Allodynia is severe pain caused by a normally-nonirritating stimulus that only affects the sufferer.

With fibromyalgia, you have difficulty finding comfortable clothes and sleeping restfully at night under heavy blankets, primary because allodynia makes certain tactile sensations unbearable. Scratchy shirt tags, tight waistbands, and itchy sweaters can be torture for somebody with severe allodynia.

For tips on dressing with fibromyalgia pain, read Choosing Pain-Free Clothes with Fibromyalgia

In addition to tactile hypersensitivity, you may also experience fibromyalgia pain resulting from non-severe hot or cold temperatures.


Paresthesia is painful numbness and prickling sensations, usually in the hands and feet, also resulting from peripheral neuropathy.

If it seems like your arms and legs are constantly falling asleep, and you feel “pins and needles” while sitting, then it could be peripheral neuropathy.

Paresthesia is also one of the earliest symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency, as well as a common type of fibromyalgia pain. For that reason, doctors often fail to catch low vitamin B12 levels in fibromyalgia patients.

Since vitamin B12 deficiency is often a comorbid condition of fibromyalgia, doctors recommend checking your vitamin B12 levels regularly, in order to prevent severe depletion of vitamin B12.

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Choosing Pain-Free Clothes with Fibromyalgia

Monday, February 4th, 2013



Choosing clothes to wear when you suffer from fibromyalgia can be a real dilemma, especially if you need to dress up for a special occasion. Clothing tags, elastic waists, and zippers are torture for the tactile-sensitive. Here are some great clothing options that will help you fashion a more pain-free wardrobe.

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A word about allodynia

There are several types of fibromyalgia pain, and one of them is allodynia, a hypersensitivity to sensations that don’t cause discomfort in others. For fibromyalgia patients, it means that certain temperatures or tactile stimuli cause abnormal, adverse reactions, such as shooting pain, itchy rash, or swelling.

The exact cause of allodynia in fibromyalgia is unknown, but scientists have linked it to the peripheral nervous system, theorizing that dysfunctional over-sensitized nerve cells are triggered easily into producing the pain response.

Back to the clothes

Even if you don’t plan on stepping outdoors, it’s important to choose clothes that make you feel good, inside and out and don’t trigger fibromyalgia pain; this means finding soft, comfortable cotton clothing that fits loosely, doesn’t scratch the skin, and doesn’t have any irritating seams or tags.

Looking “put together” does not mean that you have to commit yourself to wearing tight undergarments, rough, scratchy socks, or stiff fabrics!


Choose large, loose shirts, unless you’re shopping for a sweater. Thick bulky knits are more liable to irritate the skin and trigger pain zones, despite the extra room.

Have a few boxy button-up shirts on hand for flare-up days.

Always layer clothes, especially during extreme temperatures, to avoid a painful heat rash; you can always add an extra layer if you need to.


Hands-down, most fibromyalgia patients prefer low-rise pants over the kind that pinches the waist painfully. Look for draw-string closure instead of an elastic band. And always give them a good test drive in the store before taking them home. Sit, bend, and twist in the dressing room, and see make sure you have enough room in the seat.

For skirts, choose thin, light fold-over waist jersey cotton skirts in a mid-length style. Or, look for a breezy rayon circle skirt.


Ladies, you don’t need to wear whalebone-edged bras that squeeze your ribs in order to get support and feel dressed. Many manufacturers offer comfort bras that are wireless, seamless, and sport wide shoulder straps that still give a good lift.

Feel the fabric for yourself, and ask for assistance in choosing the right size…even if you think you already know. Sometimes, shoulder pain and itchy rashes occur with fibromyalgia because you’re wearing a too-tight or large-sized bra.

For underwear, stick to breathable 100% cotton, especially during the summertime.


Some manufacturers make seamless socks for the tactile sensitive fibromyalgia sufferer. For dressier occasions, avoid pantyhose, and opt instead for knee-high nylon socks.

Sometimes, diabetic socks are also a good option during a fibro flare-up.

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Best Clothes for Fibromyalgia Pain- 6 Helpful Dressing Tips

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011



What are the best clothes to wear if you have fibromyalgia…especially when Muumuus are not an option?


Dress for success in spite of fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is an “invisible disease” that causes much suffering to its victims; fibro patients experience intense pain at the slightest touch, even in the absence of any discernable skin or muscular injuries.

Many sufferers also experience “fibro fog,” which may be a sign of chronic fatigue syndrome, a comorbidity of fibromyalgia.

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What are the symptoms of allodynia?

Allodynia is a specific condition in which fibromyalgia patients feel that their “clothes hurt,” an overreaction to sensations that are not painful to non-fibro patients, particularly in relation to clothing.  People in the fibromyalgia circle refer to it as “Princess and the Pea Syndrome.”

Common complaints are:

  • Shooting pains in arms caused by wristwatches, rings, or bracelets
  • Itchiness and skin irritation produced by wearing hot, manmade materials or tight, constricting clothing
  • Painful pressure on ribcage or abdomen
  • Sensitivity to sewn-on clothing labels and tags, or anything rubbing against the skin

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Which clothes are worst for fibromyalgia?

What works for some doesn’t always work for others…

You might be more comfortable in loose, flowing caftan, while other fibromyalgia sufferers prefer skintight stretchy leggings and a sports top.

When it comes to socks, tight diabetic hosiery might give you long-lasting relief from foot pain, but some people can’t stand the feel of tight or padded socks, and walk comfier in thin, no-show athletic socks.


6 helpful tips for dressing without fibromyalgia pain

1- Don’t get strapped down.

Tight bra straps and underwire shaping are the biggest causes for complaint among fibromyalgia sufferers.  Unfortunately, most of us cannot afford to go without.

For office clothing, consider wearing thick vests over comfortable cotton shirts, in lieu of form-fitting tops that require a shaping bra.

Check out JoAnn Fabrics- they sell a bra strap extender for just $1.99.  Some great alternatives to pokey wired bras are cotton sports bras, or Spanx Bra-llelujah! Wireless Front-Closure Bra.

2- Loosen up.

Tight button-down collars, stuffy ties, and tight jeans are not for you.  Around the house, it’s fine to lounge around in super comfy drawstring pants and oversized tank tops, but your boss will probably frown on flannel pajama pants as your new office attire.

Choose clothes that are comfortable, but not sloppy.  Long, breezy cotton dresses are acceptable in or out of the office, as well as rayon wide-legged trousers.


If elastic waistbands are driving you nuts, then consider wearing low-riding bikini underwear instead of high-waist briefs.  For outerwear, opt for low-rise cotton pants paired with a longer-length top for tummy coverage.  Be on the lookout for clothing items that feature covered elastic waists.

Don’t be shy about investigating the maternity clothing stores; Maternity pants and skirts have a low elastic waist that tucks under the tummy, and are really comfortable!  In fact, many moms are reluctant to switch back to their old waist-hugging jeans.  Alternatively, you can get the same results from a pair of wide, drawstring pants.

4- Forgo fashion labels.

Clothing tags and labels are murder on the tactile-sensitive.  Many clothing manufacturers such as Old Navy and Hanes make nonirritating tag-free shirts, pants, and socks.

If ripping the tag out is not an option, hop on over to your neighborhood tailor, and she’ll be glad to carefully remove the tag without causing any damage to the fabric. In a pinch, you can also wear underwear, socks, or pajama tops inside out, and nobody need ever know.

5- Be kind to your feet.

Fibromyalgia pain is similar to diabetic neuropathy.  For that reason, many fibro sufferers find relief by wearing form-fitting diabetic socks. Other key features to look for are seamless toes and non-ribbed socks.  Comfortable shoes should be made of leather or cotton.

Some favorites include handcrafted loafers and sandals from San Antonio Shoes (SAS).

6- Drape yourself in comfortable fabrics.

Omit polyester, or any manmade clothing material, from your fashion wardrobe.  Instead, buy comfortable, breathable apparel made from natural fibers.

Check the clothing label (before ripping it out) for 100% cotton, silk, Tencel, rayon, or modal, in addition to 5% spandex.

WinterSilks is famous for their silky long underwear, but they also manufacture a full range of comfortable clothing for men and women.


    Also read:

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