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Hi......I'm sorry, I don't mean to ask so many questions! There aren't many people in my town who have lupus that I can talk to. I was wondering does anyone ever experience sensitivity? Someone had patted me on the back, and my back was extremely sensitive. Simple touches on the back hurt. I don't believe I'm sun burnt......I constantly apply sunscreen. My arms are the same way. Has anyone had experience with this?

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Some people seem to be "highly sensitive". I found the book, "The Highly Sensitive Person" by Elaine Aron to be helpful to me. I do not have the book at hand, but just found a questionnaire at the website: I do not know if being highly sensitive has any statistical correlation to having Auto-Immune problems. My wife has a Lupus diagnosis but is not as sensitive as I. Our daughter has a Fibromyalgia diagnosis but does seem to be highly sensitive. I, myself, do not have an Auto-Immune problem. In my experience high sensitivity is as real as any auto-immune disorder or disease but I have no idea if they often occur together. Perhaps others do.

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Sensitivity to touch is called allodynia. It's seen in a wide variety of illnesses, including but not limited to lupus and fibromyalgia. DEFINITELY something to tell your doctor about.
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