is an increased pain response -- basically, pain being more painful than it should be. The increased pain can be confined to certain areas of the body or it can be widespread. Hyperalgesia is associated with fibromyalgia
, and also with some inflammatory conditions and damage to certain types of nerves. It also can be a response to proinflammatory cytokines
that your body releases in response to infection.
Hyperalgesia is different from allodynia, which is a pain response to something that's not normally painful.
Pronunciation: HY-per al-JEE-ze-uh