August 30


Why Does My Fibro Pain Travel?

By Sue Ingebretson

August 30, 2011

Central Nervous System Disorder, chronic fatigue, Facebook, fibromyalgia, lupus, pain, RA, root causes, Systemic, Traveling Pain


We’ve all wondered about the strangeness of fibro pain. It’s intense one day and perhaps less intense another. It might focus on the joints of the feet and ankles one day and the next day it’s the knees or the neck and shoulders.

In my book, FibroWHYalgia, you’ll find a whole section on pain. I talk about Pain Puddling, the Pain Poncho and Dead Weight Pain among others. Both in my book and on my site ( you’ll see that I refer to myself as a Pain Archeologist and a Truth Sleuth. I love to dig, dig, dig to the roots. I wanted to know, where does the pain come from and why does it move around?

I could give a vague answer and say that it’s the Fickle Finger of Fibro Fate, but let’s get real.

Fibromyalgia is a central nervous system disorder. It is systemic meaning that the conditions affect multiple systems of the body. That’s why we can have muscle pain/tenderness and cognitive dysfunction at the same time. Considering that the nervous system is the superhighway of communication throughout the body, it’s no wonder that the symptoms of fibromyalgia are all over the map. When wires get crossed, the communications do, too!

When looking at chronic illness online chat rooms or Facebook pages a LOT of discussions sound like this, “This XXXX is where I hurt today.” This comes from those of us dealing with fibromyalgia, RA, chronic fatigue, lupus, etc.

The point here, is rather than focusing on the changing arbitrary location of pain, let’s get to the roots! Find the answers to these questions —

–Do you have nutritional deficiencies (are you malnourished)?
–Do you have a yeast/candida overgrowth?
–Do you move the body every day in some way (a fitness program that works for you)?
–Do you regularly participate in stress relieving activities (to deal with stress and negative thoughts)?

Getting to the root cause rebuilds the body from the ground up!

Symptoms diminish as the body becomes healthier and stronger.

One side note about yeast/candida overgrowth: Did you know that yeast is also a source of traveling pain? Yeast loves warm places! When you wake, do you find localized pain in the areas on which you were sleeping? For example, if you slept on your left side, immediately upon waking, you’d notice increased pain/soreness/stiffness on your left side (i.e. left shoulder, or wrist, or hip, etc.). I call this Pain Puddling. Pain seems to puddle in specific areas and then dissipate later as we get up and moving. This, in part, relates to yeast and restricted blood flow.

So, now that you know more about the source of your pain and why it travels, why not grab a shovel and dig! What’s stopping you?

  1. I so would not be surprised if anti depressants cause or add to the problem…I do not trust all these medications they try to get us on. I am struggling to come off anti depressants i have been on for years and wish I’d never been put on. I also found that when I took amitryptyline and nortryptyline for fibro I felt 10 times worse :/

    1. Hi Luisa – it’s common for those of us with fibromyalgia to have a number of health overlapping health concerns. There’s no one specific “cause” for fibromyalgia, but rather a combination of factors. And, yes — infection (viral/bacterial) is definitely one of those problems. Infections, nutritional deficiencies, the effects of stress, injuries, toxin exposures, emotional wounds, and genetics all tie together to create the problems we exhibit. It doesn’t mean that each of us has every single cause, but it’s the combination of some or all of them that results in fibromyalgia. You can find more information in my book, FibroWHYalgia ( Thanks for the great question!

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