Fibromyalgia Causes

Can an injury cause fibromyalgia?

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  • The exact causes of fibromyalgia are not known. It's likely that genes predispose certain people to fibromyalgia, but that something in the person's environment sets it off. One such possible trigger is an injury or illness. A physical trauma, such as a car accident or other bodily injury, may change the way that your brain perceives pain. This change could result in increased sensitivity to pain signals.

    If you suffered from an injury or an acute infection or illness and find you have greater sensitivity to pain now, talk to your doctor or healthcare provider about your symptoms. The first step toward relief is an accurate diagnosis.
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  • ACeleste Cooper, Rheumatology, answered

    Trauma has been identified as a trigger to the development of fibromyalgia, so the answer is yes.

    All blogs, posts and answers are based on the work in Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain: The Mind-Body Connection by Celeste Cooper, RN, and Jeff Miller, PhD. 2010, Vermont: Healing Arts press  are for educational purposes and not meant to replace medical advice.

    Author of Chapter Five, Living with and Coping Effectively Through Fibromyalgia: Detecting Barriers, Understanding the Clues, in Fibromyalgia Insider Secrets: 10 Top Experts, 2nd Ed. Ebook complied by Deirdre Rawlings, ND, PhD

  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    It may be that for some people with fibromyalgia, the condition was triggered by a trauma such as a car accident or illness. Experts believe that the central nervous system plays a major role in the development of fibromyalgia. Studies suggest that some people's bodies overreact to pain and produce stronger pain signals than what they normally would feel, causing symptoms of fibromyalgia.
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