Fibromyalgia: a chronic disorder characterized by widespread pain, tenderness, and stiffness of muscles and associated connective tissue structures that is typically accompanied by fatigue, headache, and sleep disturbances
Allodynia: pain resulting from a stimulus (as a light touch of the skin) which would not normally provoke pain.
My wife has fibromyalgia. Sometimes, her pain sensitivity approaches allodynia levels.
I took her a glass of soda today, and my arm brushed hers. She recoiled in pain and snapped at me. Evidently, my touch shocked her.
I didn’t even feel it.
It’s very hard not to feel guilty or take it personally.