Fibromyalgia comes with many symptoms besides from the commonly known widespread pain and fatigue. Formication is one of the least talked about symptom in fibromyalgia.
What Is Formication?
Formication is a feeling of bugs on your skin. People who suffer from formication feel like there are bugs crawling on their skin. It feels like an itch which you cannot scratch away. Read on to find out more about it.
What Causes Formication?
According to medical experts, formication affects people who have mental problems. It is a symptom for people with mental problems due to substance abuse.
Although patients who experience formication feel that there are bugs on their skin, the truth is, they are actually not there. So if there are no bugs, what is going on? Essentially, when you have formication, your brain registers a sensation that something is crawling on your skin even though there really is not. It is your nervous system sending signals to your brain without the presence of bugs.
Formication In Fibromyalgia
As mentioned above, formication has something to do with a problem of communication in the nervous system. This also explains why it is common for those with fibromyalgia since the chronic pain syndrome is believed to be a nervous system problem.
Fibromyalgia patients also have to deal with other problems in the nervous system, such as chronic itching, IBS etc. Thus, with a clear link to all the various nerve system disorders, it may seem like fibro pain has to do with the nerves. Your nervous system is responsible for sending signals to your brain. The brain will in turn interpret the signals.
It may seem that fibromyalgia patients will suffer from sympathetic nervous system disorder like formication. The reason behind these malfunctions has something to do with the disrupted nervous system. However, this theory cannot be confirmed just yet. Just like the fact that the real cause of fibromyalgia is not known, there is also no known reason behind formication in fibromyalgia.
If the condition bothers you so much that you can no longer carry on with your daily life, it is best to consult your doctor.