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Paresthesia: One of Fibromyalgia’s Nastiest Symptoms

Fibromyalgia is a condition affecting the body’s musculoskeletal system. It causes extreme, sometimes debilitating pain throughout the body.

The condition affects more than 5 million people in the U.S. and while both men and women may be affected, more women seem to receive a diagnosis than men. There is no cure for fibromyalgia, although treatment options make it easier for those with the condition to maintain their lifestyle. Fibromyalgia brings with it several symptoms and consequences. One of them is called Paresthesia.

What is Paresthesia?

Individuals affected by Paresthesia experience burning sensations, prickling, tingling, and numbness in the body. The extremities are oftentimes most affected by the condition; particularly in the hands and the feet. You can experience the condition at the most unexpected times of your life.

In addition to a tingly sensation, individuals experiencing this symptom may also itch or feel as if something is crawling on their skin. Paresthesia is a condition that affects an individual’s nervous system. It can be even a simple touch of the arm or the back that causes an onset of pain and these unusual sensations.

For most people, paresthesia occurs suddenly and without any warnings.

Individuals experiencing the condition may have mild to moderate symptoms, but they can also be quite severe for some people. When paresthesia is experienced as a symptom of Fibromyalgia, it is generally a chronic condition that the individual will experience for the rest of their life. However, it may be treatable if caught early enough.

What are the Symptoms of Paresthesia?

Have you ever sat in a position so long that your legs, arms, or other extremities felt funny when you moved? Some people refer to it as ‘falling asleep,’ but it is a form of paresthesia, though very mild. This is one way to describe the feelings that occur when you are suffering from paresthesia. Not only do the regular symptoms of fibromyalgia affect you, so do those of paresthesia.

What are those symptoms?

  • Crawling feeling on the skin
  • Sensitive to the touch
  • Burning sensation on the skin, particularly the extremities
  • Itching skin in one certain area of the boy
  • Pain in a particular area of the body (not everyone who experiences paresthesia will experience pain. In fact, for most people, there is no pain. However, it is important to be aware that it is very much possible to experience pain along with this condition.)
  • Numbness in the extremities (or other areas of the body)

Each person who experiences paresthesia will find that it affects them differently from the next person, although signs are identical for most people. Each experience with about may even bring different side effects and symptoms from the last. Symptoms may be mild, moderate, or severe, with each occurrence different.

Treating Paresthesia

Many people experience very painful paresthesia. It is one of fibromyalgia’s nastiest symptoms, but fortunately, it is also one that has a variety of treatment options available.

Individuals with paresthesia as a symptom of fibromyalgia should make an appointment with their healthcare professional immediately to discuss potential treatment options. Each individual will have different treatment needs, which you can discuss with your doctor during the initial visit. Your doctor will likely recommend that you make several lifestyle changes to alleviate this painful symptom.

It is generally smiling, easy changes that you can make to avoid an onset of paresthesia, such as uncrossing your legs when you sit down or avoiding stress from your life. It is always those simple things that make a serious impact on the condition so always precisely follow the care instructions given to you by your doctor. Treating paresthesia also generally involves physical therapy, which can also aid in alleviating some of the pain felt with fibromyalgia. Do not plan for anything set and realize that the pain you are experiencing may make it necessary to reschedule or cancel an appointment. That is okay because you must pay attention to your body.

Rest when you need to Rest

Resting is also beneficial when you are affected by parathas. Sometimes you will find it necessary to make lifestyle changes as fibromyalgia intensifies. Those changes may result in work and at home. Be willing to adjust your schedule as necessary and rest whenever you are not feeling well. If a flare-up has got you down, a little bit of relaxation may be just what it is you need to revive yourself.

Support when you need it

It may benefit you to find a support group for fibromyalgia as well. Individuals in these support groups understand exactly what you are going through.

Not only does it make a difference when you have someone there to talk to, to listen, and to understand, it may also benefit you in the treatment of the condition, as they may be able to offer you tips and tricks that no one else has offered. Many online support groups are available for those who are suffering from fibromyalgia and this painful symptom. Many of them are available at no cost to you, with 24- hour availability so you are never alone.

Talk to your Doctor

Again, your doctor should always be consulted and informed of this symptom of fibromyalgia. If you are experiencing pain, the doctor may be able to provide you with a prescription medication that will ease that pain. There may also be anti-inflammatory medications and other techniques available to help you. The doctor knows best, as they say, and there is no better place to go for treatment and help.

Final Thoughts

If you have fibromyalgia, likely, paresthesia is also a symptom that you will experience the condition. Affecting the nerves in the body, paresthesia can make even a simple touch painful or awkward. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of paresthesia, talk to your healthcare professional immediately and seek the treatment that is available for you.


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