Tender Skin

A lot of fibromyalgia sufferers report that their skin actually hurts when it is touched. Referred to as allodynia, this sensitive skin can cause numerous problems, from redness and swelling, to bruising and scarring. This tender skin often prevents fibromyalgia sufferers from participating in daily life.


A rash often develops on the body as a result of dry skin and itching. These skin rashes appear as raised bumps on the skin, and can often be scaly to the touch.

Causes of Skin Problems

The causes of skin problems in fibromyalgia are still a mystery to doctors, scientists, and researchers. No one is really sure why the skin is so badly affected by the illness.

Tender skin (allodynia) may be a direct result of a dysfunction in the brain’s central nervous system. Fibromyalgia prevents the brain from reading pain signals correctly, and this may cause the skin to feel sore or tender to the touch.

Itchiness may also be a result of pain signals being misunderstood by the brain. Receptors under the skin are responsible for sending messages about what we are feeling to the brain.

Sometimes these receptors don’t know how to interpret certain sensory messages and, as a result, our skin feels itchy. Fibromyalgia sufferers may feel more itchy than usual because of the fact that there are already existing problems with the brain’s ability to interpret pain signals.

Skin discoloration may be the result of an overactive pituitary gland in the brain. The pituitary gland is responsible for producing melanocyte-stimulating hormone. This hormone produces melanin in the body, which creates pigment in the eyes, skin, and hair. For some reason, there appears to be too much melanin in the skin of fibromyalgia sufferers.

Treatment for Skin Problems

There are numerous treatments available to help ease the side effects associated with many of the skin disorders caused by fibromyalgia. You should speak with your health care provider about your symptoms in order to find the treatment that’s right for you.

  • heavy creams and moisturizers are good for relieving dry, cracked skin. After taking a warm bath, these creams should be applied generously to all affected areas.
  • prescription creams containing corticosteroids are available for particularly troublesome dry skin
  • mottled skin can be treated using bleaching creams or ultraviolet light therapies


Table of Contents
1. Skin Complaints
2. Tender, itchy skin
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