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 pain if you develop a characteristic rash, it’s been revealed.
A fibromyalgia rash may appear red, raised or bumpy, according to medical website Healthline.
The rash may cause patients to think that something is crawling across their skin, and the sensation is made worse by dry skin.
They can vary in size and strength across the body, but they can be made worse by scratching, it warned.
“If you’re living with fibromyalgia, you may expect widespread muscle pain and other symptoms like digestive problems, sleepiness, and brain fog,” said the medical website.
“These, however, aren’t the only symptoms linked with this condition. Some people diagnosed with fibromyalgia also develop a skin rash.
“Some fibromyalgia rashes are so sensitive that it becomes difficult to wear certain clothes or sleep.
“Typically, a rash is red, raised, or bumpy. You may develop skin sensitivity or tenderness with the rash, or you may have itchiness without pain.
“However, a rash is not considered in a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. You must present other symptoms of the condition.”
The exact cause of the fibromyalgia rash isn’t entirely known, but it could be a reaction from the immune system, it added.
Other possible causes include fibromyalgia medication side-effects, a chemical imbalance, or even signals from the central nervous system.
If you develop a fibromyalgia rash, the best thing to do is to drink plenty of water to avoid dry skin, and to apply topical creams.
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.