|December 19, 2012||Posted by admin under Fibromyalgia|
What is the best relief for fibromyalgia itching signs and symptoms ?
Medical science has a long way to go when it comes to understanding fibromyalgia. What doctors do know about it is often limited to the signs and symptoms as well as the ways to treat them.
Itching as a Symptom
Aside from the widespread pain in the ligaments, tendons and muscles especially around the pressure points, extreme itching sensations are also present in fibromyalgia. Take note that fibromyalgia itching will vary from one person to the next and even in the same person. Factors affecting the severity, length and frequency of itching in fibromyalgia include weather conditions, stress levels, physical activity and even the time of day.
Not all sufferers of fibromyalgia will have severe itching hounding their days. In fact, only a small percentage appears to suffer from this particular symptom for yet undiscovered reasons. Such is the mystery behind fibromyalgia even when approximately 6 million Americans are afflicted with it.
Also, the itching sensations may be concentrated in particular areas of the body. For example, you may only have the compulsion to scratch severe itching on your hands and feet but not your legs and arms or vice-versa. Or it may be that your whole body is simply begging to be scratched till wounds are present.
Causes of Itching in Fibromyalgia
Nowadays, the general consensus about fibromyalgia itching is that it is the way with which the brain reacts to unfamiliar sensations of pain. In medical terms, this is called sensory itch. Think of it this way: Your skin’s outer layers are responsible for translating the quantity of pressure received from outside stimuli. Said pressures can be interpreted by the brain as pain but in the case of fibromyalgia, it is an unfamiliar kind of pain. In this case, your brain switches into its so-called default mode and issues the default signal. And that default signal is itching like you have never felt before, unfortunately.
Treatment of Itching in Fibromyalgia
And so the question remains: What can you do to ease this itching? Well, there are many recommended courses of action, most of which are very practical although some are easier said than done.
First, you should seek your doctor’s opinion. You may be prescribed medications to control the itching sensations. Of course, trial and error may be necessary to find what works best for your case.
Second, you may retrain your brain in the ways that it can respond to unfamiliar pain and outside stimuli. This is easier said than done and you may need the help of practitioners of alternative medicine, maybe even a hypnotist. Just remember that these methods may or may not work for you.
Third, you should adopt remedial measures to lessen the itching like applying cold packs (cold seems to numb the skin receptors), gently massaging the affected areas, and using hypoallergenic moisture creams (dry skin exacerbates the condition). Most important of all, you should document the things that trigger your itching episodes and then seek ways to avoid, or at least lessen your exposure to said stimuli.
Fibromyalgia itching is yet another burden on individuals with the condition. The good news is that there are things that can be done to counteract it.