Some days are better than others for people with fibromyalgia. Not-so-good days can make you feel like you’ve been beaten up.
The slightest touch, handshake or hug can be excruciating, leaving you in pain and avoiding contact with loved ones.
One fibromyalgia sufferer described it this way:
“Every inch of me feels bruised and tender to the touch. My shirt brushing my arm feels like someone is pressing on me. First it was just my upper arms, then my shoulders, chest and stomach joined in this party .When I bend 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 nightly facial, I went to dry my face and just below my left eye, there was a nasty purple bruise. I hadn’t 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, Bruising, and Sensitive Skin. It is estimated that 70-80% of people with fibromyalgia have skin problems associated with their condition. In addition to skin problems, these problems often make fibromyalgia symptoms worse.
In addition to the added pain, they can be unsightly and cause some FM patients to withdraw from social activities. It seems easier to stay home than deal with the embarrassment or awkwardness of trying to explain.
Two common skin problems are:
♦ Sensitive skin – As mentioned above, many people with fibromyalgia report that their skin is very sore when touched. Known as allodynia, this sensitive skin can cause numerous problems, from redness and swelling, to bruising and scarring. Although the causes of sensitive skin remain a mystery to doctors, scientists, and researchers, it is speculated that allodynia may be the direct result of dysfunction in the brain’s central nervous system. Fibromyalgia prevents the brain from reading pain signals correctly, and this can make the skin feel sore or tender to the touch.
♦ Rashes: A fibromyalgia rash often develops on the body as a result of dry, itchy skin. These rashes appear as raised bumps on the skin and can often be scaly to the touch. Some patients have noted that even light scratching of these areas results in deep bruising that lasts for days and sometimes weeks.
Where do these unexplained bruises come from?
For a person with FM, pain is something that happens every day, so sometimes a bump on the leg, a toe, or a pinched finger, may not be as noticeable as it would be to someone else. a person who does not have it. dealing with pain on a daily basis. Pain is a sign that something is wrong or that something has happened that needs attention. However, if pain is a part of everyday life, some accidents may not even be noticed until an “unexplained” bruise suddenly appears.
Some of the more obvious causes of bruising, and why they seem to appear out of nowhere, include:
♦ Clumsiness: Due to loss of mobility, people with fibromyalgia sometimes find that they are more clumsy than in the past. The imbalance can cause dizziness and lightheadedness, to the point of staggering and bumping into furniture and walls. This could explain some of the bruising that we don’t even notice and show up later.
♦ Stringy Fog – Whether it’s chronic fatigue, lack of sleep, nagging pain, vitamin deficiencies, etc., FM patients struggle with forgetfulness, clarity of thought, and more. It is possible that certain accidents during the day that may have caused bruising were simply forgotten.
♦ Lack of sleep: due to lack of sleep, muscle repair is not done properly for fibromyalgia sufferers and therefore muscles take longer to heal and regenerate after micro-injuries or trauma, as everyone experiences in daily life .
How to deal with bruising in fibromyalgia
If you frequently bruise, there are some practical things you can do to reduce the risk of trauma to your skin and muscles. Or if you’re involved in more strenuous activities, wear protective clothing. If you’re 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 lead to possible bumps. If bruising occurs along with a rash or itchy skin, ask your doctor about creams or ointments to combat the urge to scratch, thus preventing possible injury. adjust oral medications for severe bruising; but nevertheless, never stop taking medications or supplements without first talking to your doctor. If the bruising becomes severe, there could be another underlying condition.
Report significant changes to your doctor. Finally, treat yourself with the utmost care. Some things cannot be avoided. Don’t beat yourself up mentally for physical conditions beyond your control. Make the changes you can and accept yourself and the things that cannot be avoided. Do your best to enjoy each day and live pleasant moments in your day, no matter how small. There is life beyond buds , pain and daily irritations. Thanks for reading!