Blog Classic: March 12, 2012
The hypersensitivity of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome has an impact on all of our senses. A recent Readers Respond comment mentioned an unusual tactile response that I thought was worth bringing up:
"The weirdest pain by far is, and absolutely no one believes me when I tell them this, wet grass. That's right, wet grass. Touching it esp. in the morning, or even walking through it w/shoes on causes an all-over body pain." -mnt
While I haven't had a problem with wet grass, I can totally understand it as a textural sensitivity. Similar things that aggravate my nerves and can cause an upswing in symptoms include elastic, nylon, steel wool and these microfiber dish cloths I made the mistake of buying a few years ago. They seriously give me the willies and set my whole system on edge. When I shop for clothes, I do it by feel almost as much as by sight.
When something that shouldn't cause pain does, the medical term for it is allodynia. A lot of us have a form called tactile allodynia, which is pain from touch. That's why it hurts just to have clothing against your skin. When the pain comes from movement, such as walking across wet grass or running your fingertips along fabric, it's called mechanical allodynia.
You can learn more about allodynia and other forms of pain in:
What weird textures or tactile things set off your symptoms? How as it impacted your life? Leave your comments below!
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