Blog Classic: September 7, 2009
This type of fibromyalgia pain is extremely common in us, but it's one of the harder ones for other people to understand. That's because, by definition, things that cause allodynia shouldn't hurt.
That's right -- allodynia is "pain from stimulus that usually doesn't cause pain." Examples: flashing lights, repetitive sounds, visual "chaos," confusion. How do those cause pain? I don't know, but trust me: they do. And I'm not talking headaches, like you might expect from light and sound. For me, these things cause pain to rip through my abdomen. I know, it's weird.
Allodynia comes in several forms, and those of us with fibromyalgia can have any combination of them. The examples above are the basic form. There's also:
- Tactile allodynia. Pain from touch/light pressure, such as from a waistband or bra strap.
- Mechanical allodynia. Pain from motion across the skin, such as light massage or the brush of fabric.
- Thermal allodynia. Pain from heat or cold that's not severe enough to damage tissues. I.e., cold feet may feel intense, sharp pain.
Allodynia's not terribly well researched or understood. Some drugs are clinically shown to help, as are some pain creams. See the allodynia section in 7 Types of Fibromyalgia Pain for more information on treatment options.
Do you have allodynia? What causes that odd pain in you? Have you found anything that helps? Share your experience by leaving a comment below!
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