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.


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  1. says: Karen McLaughlin

    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??

    1. says: Diane

      I have had Fibromyalgia since 2000 and I am going through the same thing with my skin also….I look like a fish when it’s being scaled

    2. says: Dee

      My grandmother had to use crisco shortening on her skin. The hospital used it on her and that’s how she learned to do that.

  2. says: Ann Murphy

    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.

      1. says: Shirley Norton

        I also have this as a biopsy was taken in 2 different areas and the results were Lichen
        Scelorsus. I am using a prescription ointment to help keep my issues under control and have had some success .

        Shirley N.

    1. says: Sharon Douglas

      I was diagnosed with fibromyalga about 12 years ago and about 10 years ago after I had my daughter my skin on my hands and arms started to scale and dry up it is itchy and painful everytime spring summer came (sunlight) and in the last year I was diagnosed with lichen planis is this all connected please help x

  3. says: Susan White

    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.

    1. says: Jeannie

      I have itching like that as well.what do you do to relieve the itching?
      I will scratch till I have bruising and scars
      The doctor gave me a medication but it makes me really sleepy and I have really strange dreams. Any advice?

  4. says: melissa goddard

    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.

    1. says: Amy Kehl

      I was tested & didn’t have any positive tests. That being said, my body reacts as if I do have some allergies, when I’m in a flare. Lactose & tomato are foods I need to avoid, while flaring. It took a while for my allergist & me to put 2 and 2 together.

    2. says: Donna Stanley

      I have fibromyalgia also and have experienced extreme fatigue after eating. I think it may be due to MSG added to food.

  5. says: elaine williams

    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

    1. says: Tina

      I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2009. There has been a spot on the right side of my back that I always have to get the back scratcher to scratch. Doesnt show any signs of dryness at all and that went on for about 3 maybe 4 yrs. But this last winter, on the right side,back side of my head itched like crazy, by the time I went to thre dr, my right side of my calf on my leg started itching and after all my scratching it started a rash, but I scratched till I bled. . My dr. Prescribed a steroid cream, didn’t help at all. My Chiro thought I had some nerve damage? But I was referred to a dermatologist. By then it was on my Left leg. Just on the calf on the side. I had an aloe vera plant, I would clip off a stem and it had the pricklies stil on it, I could use it to scratch and apply at the same time. I rubbed it in my hair on my head, my legs and it seemed to start going away but I used all my stems, so I found an old bottle of Banana Boat aloe vera after sun lotion/it was a gel actually. It worked great, so I cxld the dermotologist. Then i bought plain aloe vera gel but The banana boat gel actually worked better. I also increased my water intake as well. Im all healed except fir my left leg still flares up but Im going to try to get some banana boat aloe vera gel. Seems like everyone else likes it because Its been out of stock.
      Thank you for your comments. It helps to know there are others out there that has the same issues. GOD BLESS US ALL.

  6. says: Belinda Rogers

    I have fibromyalgia. I have loss of brain fog, real bad fatigue , I talk a lot sometimes. I sometimes have a problem trying to explain something it can be something simple but difficult to explain., Plus I have ringing in my ears, I’ve had it for years. And I be depressed.

    1. says: Tina

      Ive had tinitus for years. I take meds for my Fibro and that’s what causes it. Today’s hearing aides are wonderful because they take away that ringing. I haven’t got one yet but Im planning on it this year. Will be totally worth it

  7. says: Carol Keating

    I have Diabetes Type 2 , Diabetic Neuropathy , and Fibromyalgia. I have been this way for 6 years. During this time I Live from day to day not being able to make a plan because I am always sick from something.My face has become a disaster. I have Cystic Acne and something else. There appears white spots which harbor a lot of stuff. I have become a constant squeezer. My face has so many acne scars.It drives me crazy. Is there anything that will remove the scars? I have started taking hemp oil which gives me some of my life back to get thru some days.

  8. says: Persida

    Hi there, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 9 years ago after having my twins. It has been very hard due to sleep deprivation, severe pain, and constant ear infections. Acupuncture and magnesium have helped. I took many baths with epsom salt. I put an entire bag of epsom salt (5 pounds) in the bathtub at once. A concoction of apple cider vinegar, water, and baking soda helps relieve any sort of itching.

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