Pressure points are universal. Everyone has pressure points. Ask the martial arts dude down the street. Any martial arts dude worth his or her while will explain how to take an opponent down with his or her little finger. I’ve always wondered then why pressure points have been a sign of fibromyalgia. Something I have to look into. In the meantime, I can say, yes it’s true, of the specified pressure points to indicate fibromyalgia, I have the requisite amount, and there is a difference between when a pressure point really hurts big time or when it just kinda hurts. Imagine (or try) this. You have a large bruise on your leg. Big, black and green, the kind that will turn yellow before it goes away. Your other leg is clear of bruises. Press the clear leg with your pointer finger hard, hard enough it hurts. Then press the center of the bruise hard, then harder. The point when it hurts intolerably is how a pressure point for a person with fibro feels. But there’s more. Imagine the peak of that pain continuing for several minutes after you stop pressing on it. In fact, you can still feel it hours later if you hit a really good one. Now imagine that feeling when you press on an unbruised part of your body.
Since people with fibro can sense pain where other people can’t, it makes sense to me that what should be fairly painless is quite painful, but it doesn’t mean that the pain is not real. It is very real, and the fact that some points that should hurt don’t hurt, to me, is proof that this is very real pain.
By the way, cats are excellent pressure point detectors.