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Hello! I know with fibromyalgia there are the tender points, but I've checked and this dosent seem to be one. For years, the upper part of my arm has been very sensitive and tender, to the point that even the lightest pat or tap hurts and radiates and lasts for a while.
I am in the middle of a big flare right now and they are unbearably sore. The muscles seem to be very tight and my shoulders crack when I raise or move my arms a certain way.

Does anyone experience this? Do you know what could help?

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Hello Sabrina,
Your upper arm tenderness sounds just like mine. I'm not sure about the others on the forum but my upper arms are one of my most sensitive spots. Sensitive to touch, that is....I don't recall them aching like my legs do for no apparent reason but it can be excruciating if someone grabs my arm. You are not alone on this one. I found massage with long sweeping strokes towards the armpit helpful....fluid drainage type of thing.
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me too........one of the most sensitive places. And has pain flares for no apparent reason.
It's all part of the disease, I think.
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Hello Sabrina, I have been experiencing the same things for several years now. I get very tender to touch, occasionally I am so sensitive that I feel pain when my wife caresses my arms or chest. I did some research and then discussed it with my Neurologist and he explained that there is a condition that is associated with Fibromyalgia, it is called "Allodynia". Which is described as a heightened level of pain to being touched, often I need to sleep on the floor so that I have less in contact below me. I know that that is crazy but there is some relief for me. Allodynia is often treatable though so you should discuss that with your Dr. I hope that this helps.
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thank you! I will look into this!
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Hi Sabrina,

Yes, the arms are sensitive with a lot of Fibromyalgia patients.I notice when I do a repetitive act with my muscles they get weak.My pain increases in that area and I can get sensitive to touch.
Sometimes my husband will joke around and push on my upper shoulder and it will hurt immediately.It could be just a little tender,and other times worse.

So I would say it is one of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.Warm compresses seem to soothe mine and I use Biofreeze on my shoulder.I also take some kind of antinflammatory.Whether it's prescribed by my dr or over the counter.I usually try Tylenol arthritis first then Motrin.I try to avoid Motrin because of my sensitive stomach.But if I have toI will eat something like a cracker before.

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It's quite common for upper arms to be painful. I get it in both bicep muscles, a deep aching pain that makes me want to scream (sometimes I really do scream). Remember, Fibromyalgia is a disease of the muscles, so anywhere you have a muscle, you can have it Flare into pain.

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