Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that is believed to affect the nervous system, according to the NHS. The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but it could be due to changes in the way the nervous system processes pain messages around the body. Anyone can develop the condition, but women are about seven times more likely to have it. You could be at risk of fibromyalgia symptoms if you notice burning sensations in your hand, it’s been revealed.
A burning or prickling pain in your hands could be an early warning sign of fibromyalgia, said the NHS.
It may feel like severe pins and needles – a condition known as paraethesia, it added.
You should speak to a doctor if you notice the burning pain in your hands, urged the NHS.
“Fibromyalgia has many symptoms that tend to vary from person to person,” said the NHS. “The main symptom is widespread pain.
“This may be felt throughout your body, but could be worse in particular areas, such as your back or neck.
“Fibromyalgia can make you extremely sensitive to pain all over your body, and you may find that even the slightest touch is painful.
“Other symptoms that people with fibromyalgia sometimes experience include tingling, numbness, prickling or burning sensations in your hands and feet.
“If you think you have fibromyalgia, visit your GP.”
Treatment is available to reduce some of your symptoms, if you have fibromyalgia, it added.
The pain is likely to be continuous, although it may get better and worse at certain times.
It may feel similar to a dull, painful ache, a burning sensation, or even sharp, stabbing pains, it said.
Other more common fibromyalgia symptoms include extreme sensitivity, stiffness, fatigue, and poor quality sleep.
The exact cause of fibromyalgia isn’t entirely known, but it could be caused by abnormal pain messages within the nervous system.
It’s not always easy to diagnose fibromyalgia as there’s no specific test for the condition.
While there’s no cure for the condition, some treatments could help to relieve some of the fibromyalgia pain.
Around one in 20 people in the UK have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.