A few times I’ve mentioned suffering from allodynia, thinking I needed a diagnosis of it. I have had moments, even days, of pain.
But this pain is not like normal pain. Allodynia can cause body pain all over, where even the slightest touch can ache you. Wearing a T-shirt can feel uncomfortable, a bra is out of the question, and pants, well, those aren’t happening, either.
Having pain like this can be hard to explain. I take my hands and I press lightly on my skin, and everything, from the sides of my face to the back of my legs and feet, hurts. I get tender to the touch on every inch of my skin. Light touches of a hug or even a bump on the counter can cause severe pain.
Pain is supposed to warn and deter you from harm. It serves as a warning to hopefully save someone from an injury. With allodynia, the pain is unnecessary and unwarranted. It also can be related to migraines.
When I’m suffering from allodynia, even getting ready in the morning is difficult. I have to change a million times to find something loose and comfortable enough to avoid making my pain worse than it already is. I call these my "eggshell days."
No jeans, no belts, no tight-waisted dresses or skirts. No bra if you can get away with it, no ta