Fibromyalgia & the Burning Sensation

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It’s the fibromyalgia burning sensation: Do you ever feel like your bones are on fire? What about the top of your leg or your back, maybe even under the skin? Some fibromyalgia patients feel like lava is being pumped through their veins rather than blood. You might even have that burning sensation in your brain, which is interesting in itself since the brain has no pain receptors. Still others feel like their stomach, tendons, or ligaments are burning right inside their body. For many with fibromyalgia, the searing pain is so severe that they cry and scream in pain. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s nothing to show for it! For example, when my skin feels like it’s on fire, it’s not even red. Does that happen to you? Does it make you angry? I mean, if I’m going to suffer I would really like a bruise, a mark, redness…. something as some sort of evidence at the very least. Because we all know that it’s really hard to get people to believe that something is wrong when they can’t see a single problem on your body.

What in the World is Going On?

According to medical experts, “Research suggests that the pain associated with fibromyalgia is caused by a “glitch” in the way the body processes pain. This glitch results in a hypersensitivity to stimuli that normally are not painful. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), research has shown that people with fibromyalgia have reduced blood flow to parts of the brain that normally help the body deal with pain.”

The American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association puts it perfectly: “Fibromyalgia pain has no boundaries.” They add at the “body-wide symptoms are greatly magnified by malfunctions in the way the nervous system processes pain.” This coincides with the previously mentioned research regarding a “glitch” in the system, so in this context it makes sense the body will sometimes register stimuli as a burning feeling.

The burning that fibromyalgia patients often experience is sometimes associated with allodynia, which is a painful sensation caused by touch and frequently associated with migraine headaches. However, many fibro patients do not have to experience being touched in order to feel the burn that seems to come from within and sometimes on the surface. So while allodynia may be the situation for some with fibromyalgia, it does not explain the burning sensation across the board. To be fair, however, there seems to be almost nothing that explains any fibromyalgia symptom across the board. Thus, the great mystery surrounding this strange affliction.

Can Anything Be Done About It?

Here are some examples of what fellow patients say works for them to ease the fibromyalgia  burning sensation:

  • Massage therapy – A typical feature of fibromyalgia is the inability to relax the muscles. Often our muscles are tense and we don’t even know it. This leads to a build-up of lactic acid which can also be a cause of the burning sensation, especially in the muscles. A highly skilled massage therapist (you may even consider a medical massage therapist) who understands fibromyalgia can work with you weekly or bi-weekly to release the acid. For some patients this reduces and even removes the burning sensation entirely.
  • Cortisone shots – Administered by a healthcare practitioner, this is a temporary relief and does not apply to all situations of burning sensations.
  • Gabapentin – Prescription medication used to treat pain caused by shingles.
  • Heat therapy – It sounds counter-intuitive but fibro patients experiencing a burning sensation often report that heat therapy options such as hot tubs and electric blankets provide a great deal of relief.
  • Supplements – Although the exact cause of the burning feeling is unknown, some patients appear to be nutritionally deficient, which can be a leading cause of many fibromyalgia symptoms. Look for a high-quality (preferably whole foods) vitamin in addition to a high dosage of Vitamin D and a steady dose of magnesium (due to our commercial agricultural practices, almost everyone in North America is magnesium deficient which causes a litany of symptoms both related and unrelated to fibromyalgia.)
  • Lidocaine patches – These actually fall into the category of local anesthetics. Even though there are versions of them available over-the-counter, for our purposes of relieving the burning sensations, you’ll want to get a prescription from your doctor. In fact, they are often used to relieve nerve pain after shingles.
  • Antihistamines – Benadryl and Zyrtec have been reported as effective for relieving the burning pain in fibromyalgia patients.
  • Decreasing stress – You’ve heard it a thousand times because it’s true. Finding ways to relieve stress and cope with stressors can do wonders for many fibromyalgia symptoms, including the strange burning.

Whatever the source of the fibromyalgia burning sensation, it sucks. Have you found anything that relieves it for you? Tell us. In fact, tell us the things you’ve tried that haven’t worked too. Because something will always work for someone and anything we can do to help each other is more than welcome!

 

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Song Lyric Sunday | “No More Drama” – Mary J. Blige

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  “no.

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Considered the Queen of Hip-Hop-Soul, Mary J. Blige’s fifth studio album, No More Drama, is a rich part of the legacy that leads her to be ranked as Billboard’s most successful female R&B/Hip-Hop artist of the past twenty-five years and landed her on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Music (2012) and Greatest Artists of All-time lists (2011).

The title song, No More Drama was released on September 11, 2001–the day of World Trade Center attacks.

Reaching number fifteen in the U.S. and number one in the U.K., No More Drama was more than simply a hit song for Blige.

She told the Daily Telegraph February 7, 2008 that when she sings No More Drama in concert today, she feels a lifetime of pain unspooling every time: “I go through the emotion of being a child growing up in the projects, getting robbed, grown-ups snatching our trick-or-treating bags, being shot at, having to fight physically every day of your life, going home to alcoholic aunts and every woman around you being beaten so badly by men you can’t even understand it, and then growing up and realizing you’re repeating all those patterns, you’re drinking the alcohol and doing the drugs and being abused by men, and the pain and frustration of not being able to stop it. I rewind through that every time I sing it. I want to give people the real truth.”

The song was written by the team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who were also the producers of the track.

Fans of daytime Soap Operas will immediately recognize the piano part in No More Drama as the theme to the venerable CBS show The Young And The Restless. The TV song is known as Nadia’s Theme, although it was originally titled Cotton’s Dream. The sample was very fitting for this song, as drama is very much associated with the show. The writers of the theme – Perry Botkin and Barry Vorzon – are credited as writers on No More Drama because of the sample.

FUN FACTS:

  • No More Drama won the 2002 MTV Video Music Award for Best R&B Song.
  • The song was featured in the 2003 drama Honey, starring Jessica Alba.
  • Tyler Perry used No More Drama as the background theme in his films Why Did I Get Married? and Why Did I Get Married Too?
  • Blige asked Mariah Carey and P. Diddy to appear in the music video as they both were experiencing their fair share of drama. Carey suffered a nervous breakdown after finishing the soundtrack album for her star turn in Glitter, a commercial failure. Meanwhile, Diddy was facing the legal fallout from a club shooting. They appear on TV screens as Blige sings in front of a store window. The rest of the clip follows hard-luck stories of a drug addict, a gang member, and an abused woman. By the end, they all break the cycle and start new lives.

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for FeliciaDenise.com.

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