What You Need To Know About Fibromyalgia Skin disorders

fibromyalgia skin problems

People with fibromyalgia face several types of fibromyalgia skin disorders. These problems can go hand in hand with your fibro symptoms.

Hypersensitivity To Stimuli

Fibromyalgia happens due to an excessive pain as a result of hypersensitive stimuli. This happens when your nervous system reacts to something that should normally not feel pain. Your nervous system is basically giving you signals that are not actually there. This condition is known as hyperalgesia which translates to “excess pain”. The excess pain can take place almost anywhere. Hence, since your skin is the largest organ, it can easily be hypersensitive to certain things.

Just because your skin is hypersensitive does not mean that you are suffering from another disorder on top of fibromyalgia. However, if you start noticing additional pain, it is best to consult your doctor.

Common Fibromyalgia Skin Disorders

There are various skin disorders that are linked to fibromyalgia. These disorders will often go hand in hand with your fibromyalgia symptoms.

  • Tactile Allodynia – this is one of the worst skin condition which fibromyalgia patients have to deal with. This skin condition will make it difficult for any contact with your skin. In fact, the term refers to a feeling of pain as a result of a non-painful touch.
  • Rosacea – this occurs if your cheeks get rosy easily even if there is no reason why they should. If you have rosacea, the skin surrounding your cheeks, forehead and nose will turn red and become swollen as well. The reason behind this is because those little vessels in your skin may be swollen.
  • Dermatographism – also known as skin writing, this is an odd skin condition. When you have dermatographism, a bump would develop on your skin after you scratch and along the scratch lines. When you scratch further, you will see tiny red marks appearing around the bump. These bumps and red marks will not go away and will stay there for a long time. People with this condition can write words on their skin by scratching.

If you have fibromyalgia, taking care of your skin is absolutely important. As mentioned, you can suffer from several skin conditions because of fibromyalgia. The best thing that you can do is to keep your skin moisturized at all times to prevent dry skin which can exacerbate pain.


  • I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 1996 and it has been an ongoing struggle ever since. Skin is a big part of it for me. I have tried every moisturizer under the sun and even the $40 small jar of cream the skin specialist told me to use has not helped at all. My skin is so dry, my elbows feel like an elephant’s skin and so do my ankles and feet. The bottom of my feet are fine, this is the top. My arms feel and flake on a daily basis and now I have lumps forming on my scalp. Any advice would be good because when I go to my doctor, he just says “it’s part of the fibro and you’ll just have to keep trying different things”. The pain is another subject but I have been on slow release morphine (Kadian) since 1996 and it keeps control ok. The last main thing that happened was I lost the use of both of my kidneys so I am now on dialysis. Because there is nothing else wrong with me, they came to the conclusion that I have an autoimmune disease but they have tested for everything there is and also came to the conclusion, it has to be the fibromyalgia because it can’t be anything else!! Any idea what is going to happen to me next??

  • Have you heard of a skin problem called Lichen Planis. I suffer from fibro and also suffer from this. Just a thought. So google it.

  • My ankles and feet too are very dry and split open and swell. They told me it was severe psoriasis and exema. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and MS a few years ago. My advise is.. try taking warm sea salt baths to calm your skin and I also found a really good wet skin moisturizer called Curel wet skin. It’s amazing for me. And I have also been watching and taking notes on different foods that cause my skin to flare and so far tomato’s and potato’s makes it so much worse. The itching on my feet and ankles gets excruciating. I scratch till I bleed. The itching goes so deep that it isn’t satisfied easily. Good luck honey.. I know the frustration all to well.

  • I am curious, how many of you with fibro have been tested for food allergies also? I was diagnosed in 1996, and actually became unable to work as a nurse any longer in 2009. I, noticed that my fatigue increased significantly after eating. At one point, I was hardly eating because I would rather be hungry than exhausted and hurting. Sounds crazy, I know. A couple of years ago, my Primary Care Physcian tested me, I had severe food and gluten allergies.

  • I have been diagnosed with mast cell activation syndrome as well as a fibromyalgia. mast cell can cause itching swelling urticaria, pain, in joints muscle digestive tract, vertigo, mouth sores, tooth decay, rhinitis, intestine bleeding and pain, confusion memory loss brain fog and absolute exhaustion sleep problems, apparently mast cell activation syndrome is very rare, but it is worth talking to your doctor about it,I was extremely ill, for 2years before a doctor diagnosed it for me. The abbreviation is MCAS

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