People without fibromyalgia just don't get it -- and really, how could they? A lot of things about it just make no sense.
Among the bizarre, confusing aspects of this condition is the things that cause pain. People around me can understand that I wake up with stiff muscles; that even gentle pressure can cause pain in some place; and that my pain is artificially heightened by my brain. What they can't understand is the truly weird things that cause pain. Here's a list of some of my more unusual fibromyalgia-pain triggers:
- The car turning a corner too fast
- Loud or repetitive noises, especially high pitched ones
- Bright or flashing lights
- Busy patterns
- Being startled
Those are things that shouldn't cause pain but do. It would be reasonable, for instance, if the noises or lights caused a headache. They don't -- they give me abdominal pain. We've had to make some rules at my house: noisy toys have time limits, no one is to jump out and scare me, and (most recently) my husband needs to take corners a little more slowly.
Do any of these pain triggers sound familiar? What other odd things cause you pain? Share your experience by leaving a comment below!
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