Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder that causes pain to occur all across the body. It particularly afflicts the muscles, ligaments and tendons. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include weakness, exhaustion and even skin rashes and itchy skin.
Fibromyalgia can cause skin rashes because of an immunological disruption that occurs under the skin surface. Research studies have led scientist to speculate that fibromyalgia suffers have highly concentrated proteins beneath their skin. They believe that the body can interpret these proteins as toxic which causes the body to treat them as foreign invaders. This immunological response is what creates the rash.
A Swedish researcher has speculated that capillaries beneath the skin of fibromyalgia sufferers were more distorted in shape and less numerous. As a result, there is reduced blood flow to the skin and surrounding tissues which can sometimes create rashes in fibromyalgia sufferers.
Researchers also speculate that because fibromyalgia sufferers have more amounts of mast cells, which are cells that contain histamines and cytokins. Chemical releases from these cells, from neurological stimuli, can sometimes produce skin pain and irritation. In this case, is usually not a rash but instead a feeling of burning or heat directly below the skin.
Another interesting theory regarding the causes of fibromyalgia rashes is the result of central nervous system miscues. The theory goes that the brain incorrectly processes pain cues and consequently skin rashes occur because of the brain’s misunderstanding of the pain signal. The fibromyalgia sufferer may exacerbate this by scratching the rashes which exacerbates the redness and severity of the problem.
In general, many fibromyalgia patients experience skin discomfort, including rashes. A University of Massachusetts dermatologist named David Geost writes that “the relationship between fibromyalgia and skin conditions is not well understood.”
With that said, if you suffer from fibromyalgia, it may make sense to pay attention to skin health care, particularly if you are experiencing a rash or just skin discomfort on account of your fibromyalgia.
Some good skincare practices include:
Dealing with a fibromyalgia rash is just another part of managing this frustrating illness. If you can consult with a dermatologist and begin applying some practical intervention strategies, it is likely that you will be able to effectively manage this unfortunate skin symptom.