Imagine your worst sunburn. How did it feel when you had to put on your shirt? or have someone touch you?
It is something that I experience every day.
What causes me to feel like my nerves are trying to jump out of my skin?
Allodynia is believed to be a hypersensitivity to stimuli that would normally not cause pain. The pain can be provoked by a light touch to the skin, pressure from clothing, showering, combing or brushing your hair. Even a light breeze blowing across your skin can feel like agony. Allodynia is considered to be the result of a process called central sensitization. The pain comes from a malfunction of specialized nerves, called nociceptors. These nociceptors sense information about things like temperature and painful stimuli right at the skin.. Any sensation felt by the skin becomes painful. Two types of allodynia are tactile allodynia, which is pain caused by touch and mechanical allodynia, which is caused by movement across the skin.
The warmer I am the more my skin stings and burns, then anything touching my skin or a light breeze can send me in a frenzy,
Not only is my skin painful to the touch but my clothes cause daily pain.
I choose what I wear every day based on the level of the feeling. Clothing can cause pain all over your body. Most days my arms, hands and thighs are only affected. Today, my entire body feels like I am being attacked by pins and needles.
Other times I describe areas as feeling numb or tingly.
Most days at work you will find me wearing short loose sleeve shirts or tank top style blouses. They type of fabric plays a big part. I am more likely to look at the style of the blouse. The least amount of clothing and lightest touching is the best.
I have had to change the style of socks and shoes that I wear. If I have to wear socks I wear the shortest softest lightest ones I can find.
Everyday the minute I get home from work the shoes and socks are the first to go. I have a very loose soft pair of slippers that I put on then I change out of my work clothes and put on crop length loose pj bottoms and a very loose short sleeve top. On weekends I have light weight crop workout pants, a soft loose sports bra and a shirt that barely touches my skin at all.
Don’t even get me started on clothing tags.