Fibromyalgia and Burning Hands and Feet?
When people with fibromyalgia talk about burning pain, are they referring to "heat" burning, or "acid" burning, (or perhaps both)? A few months after my first acute arthritis episode, I started experiencing burning/stabbing/stinging pain in my hands and feet. I initially thought peripheral neuropathy, and am on a very long waiting list for a nerve conduction test. In the meantime, I'm wondering if something else might be the cause.
In particular, my feet often feel like they are submerged in an acid bath, that acid is flowing up the blood vessels in my legs towards my knees, and that my joints are being eaten by acid. Does this sound like fibromyalgia pain? I was diagnosed with CFS more than 20 years ago. At that time, I was told I also have fibromyalgia, although it seemed to me to be mild since the pain could be controlled by the low-activity lifestyle necessitated by the CFS. Recently, my rheumatologist found 14 of 18 sore trigger points, and mentioned fibromyalgia. However, my primary diagnosis is osteoarthritis, and likely early-stage rheumatoid arthritis.
Associated with the burning pain is extreme redness around all the joints of my feet, and sometimes my entire feet and hands (both sides) are solidly red. I've found a couple of extremely rare illnesses on the internet that seem to describe my symptoms (mast cell disorder or erythromelalgia). But, these are so unlikely, I'm thinking FM might be a better diagnosis to consider. Any thoughts? Thanks.
Last edited by Sensitivo; 09-15-2010 at 08:23 AM.