14 Types of Fibromyalgia Pain – as Told by Memes


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One of the most characteristic symptoms of fibromyalgia is “widespread musculoskeletal pain” – but if you live with the condition, you know the pain can be so much more complex than it sounds. Fibro pain can manifest in a wide variety of ways (burning, aching, stabbing) and affect just about any part of the body.

In a recent essay published on The Mighty, contributor Jo Moss described 18 different types of fibromyalgia pain she experiences and how each affects her. Her breakdown of pain as something that is complex and multifaceted was highly relatable for many in our community. We wanted to keep this discussion going and help others better understand the realities of chronic pain, so we rounded up 14 memes that nail what various types of pain feel like, based on our community’s descriptions of fibro pain they experience. If any of the following sound familiar, know you are not alone.

1. Burning Skin Pain

Burning skin. Sometimes my skin feels like it’s on fire, it feels raw. Imagine spending hours in the hot sun without any skin protection. Then you take a dip in the sea and the salt water burns your damaged skin. Then you get dressed for a night out and your clothes rub against your skin raw. When you have fibromyalgia, clothing alone can cause this pain, no sunlight is required.” – Jo M.

The pain on my shoulders and skin where I can’t even let my husband gently rub them in affection because it hurts too much… or hug me because it feels like my body is going to break. It’s like having the worst case of sunburn imaginable on my skin. The physical isolation from touch is horrible.” – Rachel M.

My arms and legs feel like they’re on fire. Like I have the worst sunburn in the world. Where even the ceiling fan on low feels like fire is engulfing me. And nothing provides relief.” – Amber G.S.

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