Some days are better than others for those with fibromyalgia.
Not so good days can make you feel like you’ve been hit.
The slightest touch, handshake or hug can be unbearable, leaving you in pain, and avoiding contact with your loved ones.
A victim of fibromyalgia described it this way:
“Every inch of me feels bruised and sensitive to the touch.
My shirt when brushing my arm feels as if someone pressured me.
First it was only on the top of my arms, then my shoulders, chest and stomach joined in this party.
When I lean over, my skin hurts because it wrinkles against itself. “
Often, that feeling of being bruised is much more than that. They are real bruises, unexplained marks on the arms, legs, hips and various parts of the body. I experienced this myself yesterday.
During my night facial cleansing, I went to dry my face and just below my left eye, there was a nasty purple bruise. I had not hit my face or rubbed my eyes with excessive pressure, at least not enough to cause bruises,
But there it was for all to see!
Fibromyalgia, bruises and sensitive skin.
It is estimated that between 70 and 80% of people with fibromyalgia suffer from skin problems associated with their disease.
In addition to skin problems, these complaints often worsen the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
In addition to the additional pain, they can be unsightly, and make some FM patients move away from social activities.
It seems easier to stay at home than to cope with the embarrassment or discomfort of trying to explain.
Two common skin problems are:
♦ Sensitive skin: As mentioned above, many people with fibromyalgia report that their skin really hurts when touched. Known as allodynia, this sensitive skin can cause numerous problems, from redness and swelling, to bruises and scars. Although the causes of sensitive skin are still a mystery to physicians, scientists and researchers, it is speculated that allodynia may be the direct result of a dysfunction in the central nervous system of the brain. Fibromyalgia prevents the brain from correctly reading pain signals, and this can make the skin feel sore or sensitive to touch.
♦ Rashes: A skin rash from fibromyalgia often develops in the body as a result of dry skin and itching. These rashes appear as raised bumps on the skin and can often be scaly to the touch. Some sufferers have noticed that after scratching these areas even slightly, deep bruises occur that last for days and sometimes weeks.
Where do these unexplained bruises come from?
For a person who suffers from FM, pain is something that happens every day, so sometimes, a blow to the leg, a toe, or a pinch on a finger, may not be as noticeable as they would be for a person who does not deal with pain on a daily basis.
Pain is a sign that something is wrong, or something that needs attention has happened. However, if pain is part of everyday life, some accidents may not even be noticed until an “unexplained” hematoma suddenly appears.
Some of the most obvious causes of bruising, and why they seem to appear out of nowhere, include:
♦ Clumsiness: due to the loss of mobility sometimes, people who suffer from fibromyalgia find that they are more clumsy than in the past. The imbalance can cause dizziness and daze, to the point of wobbling and tripping over furniture and walls. This could explain some of the bruises we did not even notice and appear later.
♦ Fibrous fog: whether due to chronic fatigue, lack of sleep, persistent pain, vitamin deficiencies, etc., patients with FM struggle with oblivion, clarity of thought and more. It is possible that certain accidents during the day that may have caused bruising have simply been forgotten.
♦ Sleep deprivation: due to lack of sleep, muscle repair is not performed adequately for those who suffer from fibromyalgia and, therefore, the muscles take longer to heal and regenerate after micro injuries or trauma, as they all experience in the daily life.
How to deal with bruises in fibromyalgia
If you experience bruising frequently, there are some practical things you can do to reduce the risk of trauma to the skin and muscles. Or if you are involved in more strenuous activities, wear protective clothing.
If you are kneeling, place padding under your knees and legs. If you work with your arms resting on a desk or counter, place a soft cloth or small pillow under your arms. Avoid activities that ll even to possible hits.
If bruises appear along with a rash or itchy skin, ask your doctor about the creams or ointments to combat the need to scratch, thus preventing possible injuries.
In addition, oral medications may need to be adjusted for serious bruising, however, never stop taking medications or supplements without first checking with your doctor. If the bruises become severe, there could be another underlying condition.
Report significant changes to your doctor.
Finally, treat yourself with the utmost care. Some things can not be avoided. Do not mentally punish yourself for physical conditions beyond your control. Make the changes you can and accept yourself and the things that can not be avoided.
Do everything possible to enjoy each day and experience moments
pleasant in their day, no matter how small they are.
There is life beyond the outbreaks, the pain and the daily irritations.
Thanks for reading!