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"Hyper-sensed"
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cvthompson - March 4

Hello, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia several years ago and I am so grateful to find that it is being discussed and studied now without the "craziness" associated with it for so long. Prior to that time, I was making several trips to many doctors looking for a diagnosis that would explain the serious pain I was experiencing and how it effectd all areas of my life.

My question is: Do any of you experience what I call hyper-sensitivity to almost everything in your life, from the smell/taste of food, skin and tissue pain associated with being touched, to the strong sensitivity to heat/cold, and even sound? My husband first pointed it out to me because he noticed that I commented on the effects of most everything. I would appreciate hearing from any of you that may experience the same "sensory attacks" as a possible side effect of fibromyalgia. Thanks

 

Fantod - March 5

Yes, this is one of the "perks' of FMS. If you look under FMS symptoms on this site you will find this problem included. I have a problem with noise and heat/humidity. I have threatened to throw the coffee bean grinder out on more than one occasion. If I am subjected to any heat or humidity I become very uncomfortable immediately. Taking a shower is no longer an enjoyable experience. Air conditioning is my new best friend so cold is apparently not bothering me (yet). I become just this side of completely irrational when subjected to sharp noises or heat. If I am short on sleep than my reaction is even worse. So, your husband is right, there is a correlation. Take care.

 

IVORYPEANUT - March 9

I HAVE TO USE EARPLUGS AT THE MOVIES. MY HUSBAND AND I ARE CONSTANTLY AT ODDS WITH THE TV OR RADIO VOLUME. SMELLS ARE VERY PROMINENT TO ME BUT NOT OTHERS. THEY ARE LIKE IRRITANTS. I CAN'T EVEN READ A NEWSPAPER BECAUSE OF THE INK SMELL.

 

Gabbie - March 10

Oh boy, do I. I noticed that I'm sensitive to some sounds, especially high pitched and some of the noise goes right through me so to speak. I also have an extremely heightened sense of smell which can be pretty awful at times. I find I actually can smell people especially in warmer weather, not necessarily for lack of deodorant, just a scent of warm skin, ick. I can also smell what kind of food they've been cooking or place they've eaten at because I detect the odor in their clothing and still smell the odor even after they leave the area. Damp/cold and hot/humid days affect how I feel. I'm wondering if this heightened sense thing is also a reason for my irritability lately.

 

Bibbie - March 11

I was diagnosed with FMS 12 months ago, firstly because my skin became so sensitive that it took only the slightest pressure to cause pain. I am also very light sensitive and find that direct sunlight can sometimes create an increase in muscle pain. It was originally thought that I had lupus but this was discounted. Snsitivity seems to be a large part of the syndrome

 

nikkihogg - March 12

Hi there. I was only diagnosed a few months ago, but have suffered from these same symptoms for a few years. I also am very hyper-sensitive. I have a very "sensitive" nose as my huband calls it. I can smell things most people can't. I notice that noise really bothers me, to the point that I have to shut myself up in my room just to get away from my kids. It is horrible. I also have 3 small dogs ( ranging in weight from 4 lbs. to 13 lbs. and when the lightest of them crawls up on my lap to lay down, I get excrutiating pain from her tiny paws on my leg. I do firmly believe that this is from the Fibro. What to do about it orther than live with it, is anybodys guess. I am sorry that you are in much discomfort, but know that you are not alone in this. We all seem to have familiar symptoms at one time or another, and this is a wonderful place for answers, idea's or just somewhere you can come to talk to others that really understand. I wish you well. Nikki

 

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