What You Need To Know About Fibromyalgia Swelling

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What Causes Fibromyalgia Swelling?

There are a few approaches to explaining fibromyalgia swelling:

  1. A feeling of swelling – similar to formication, some fibromyalgia patients can experience swelling sensations when there really isn’t any physical swelling. In this case, there will not be observable signs of swelling. In addition to swelling sensation, fibro patients can also experience creepy crawly sensation, which makes them feel uncomfortable. The reason behind these is unclear but can be due to disrupted nervous system activity.
  2. Trigger points trigger points are pain spots in fibromyalgia patients who also suffer from Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS). Trigger points, unlike tender points, are knots in the muscles where the muscle fibers are inflamed. These points can lead to referred pain in surrounding areas causing them to feel swollen.
  3. Edema – edema is swelling caused by fluid retention in the body tissues. Edema will cause physical swelling or puffiness to affect areas. They usually occur in the hands, arms, feet, ankles and lower leg but can also happen anywhere in the body. Edema is very common in fibromyalgia. There can be many reasons behind edema in fibromyalgia which include prolonged sitting or standing, high salt consumption, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Other common underlying medical conditions such as heart condition or varicose veins can also cause edema.
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  • I’ve had FM for 18 years. I’ve do epson salt baths, chiropractic treatments and massage. I’ve gone gluten free partly diary free. I’m now doing essential oils. All of this is for temporary relief. The chronic pain is very wearing. My tolerance for pain has lowered over the years. Now the swelling in my hands and knees the knots on my shoulders have been going on for afew months. Not sure what to do or to ask for..

  • Living with fibromyalgia is exhausting I also have Arthritis aling with other illnesess, I have tried everything I’m always researching ways to ease the pain/swelling/itching muscle spasms and knots to no avail, I dont live any sort of life its just an existence.

  • I also us epsom salts, unfortunately I dont have a bath but use them in the shower with the lug hom bunged up. I find it good to sit with feet in a bowl of the solution for an hour.
    I also use Emu Balm on my joints it is very good along with essentials oils, alternating with the two.
    Eucalyptus oil can help too, I use this in the winter months as it does give a gentle heat. Just rub into the joints.

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