The fibromyalgia causes have not been scientifically proven but research shows that there is a connection between physical, neurological and psychological factors.
Some of these include:
Genetic: There is an increased risk of developing fibromyalgia
if there is a history of the disease in the family.
Infections: Any kind of viral or bacterial infections can trigger fibromyalgia.
Stress: Stressful events, either physical or mental or both.
Stress from physical events can include but not limited to
accidents, surgery, childbirth, victim of a violent crime.
Mental stress can include but not limited to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the death of a loved one, separation and divorce, workplace situations.
Chronic diseases: Auto-immune diseases like systemic lupus erythematosus or rheumatoid arthritis can lead to fibromyalgia.
Chemical factors: Imbalances or disturbances in certain brain chemicals called neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin are found to be associated with fibromyalgia.
Sleep deprivation: The lack of restorative sleep can cause fibro and many sufferers are found to be sleep deprived.
Food sensitivities, poor digestion and yeast overgrowth (Candida) are also thought to be causes.
Some fibromyalgia sufferers may not have experienced an event, emotional, physical or neurological that triggered fibro but may have had a combination of issues that have built up over time.
Fibro is classed as being in the arthritis family although it is not arthritis and the symptoms are not similar. It is a condition of chronic widespread pain and fatigue.
Fibro = Fibrous
tissues, tendons and ligaments
My = Muscle
Algia = Pain
It can affect anyone of any age and can be mild to incapacitating. 60% of sufferers are women however, it is not known why more women suffer from fibro than men. The pain can move around the body so there isn't always pain in the same part of the body, although the pain can be from head to toe on a bad day. A bad day, also known as a 'flare-up' will typically be pain just about everywhere, extra sensitivity to pain and light and extreme fatigue. However, this is a general description of a 'flare-up' and all sufferers will have their own interpretation of a 'flare-up' so please don't be concerned if you don't experience all of these. You know when you are in a 'flare-up'.
The many different symptoms associated with fibro will also come and go at varying degrees. Pain messages to the brain are amplified, making sufferers more sensitive to pain.
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