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Fibromyalgia Causes

Can stress cause fibromyalgia?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered

    No one knows exactly what causes fibromyalgia, but stress can certainly contribute. Think of stress as a thick smoke that seeps into every crevice of your health. Stress causes changes in brain chemicals, and these are actually pretty similar to the changes we see in people with fibro. The combo of stress and fibro is a powerful one, and not in a good way. Learning ways to manage stress is a key part of your personal path to coping with fibromyalgia.

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  • AMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
    Some researchers believe that fibromyalgia is linked to emotional stress, yet there is no conclusive evidence that this theory is true. Still, stress can wear you down, zapping your energy and strength and making it difficult to get through each day. The chronic pain of fibromyalgia is a major stressor. The ongoing deep muscle pain can cause you to be inactive and to feel isolated as you are no longer able to be as productive at home or at work. Over time, the stress of living with fibromyalgia can lead to anxiety and depression.
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  • It is not clear why stress may trigger fibromyalgia
  • AJacob Teitelbaum, Integrative Medicine, answered
    Anything that causes you to spend more energy than you can make (eg. stress, infections, poor nutrition, etc.) can trigger fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is basically an energy crisis where your body is spending more energy than it can make and you blow a fuse. This can occur from stress as well as from other physical energy drains.
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  • This is still debatable. There is no question that there is a strong association between stress and fibromyalgia. The question at the root of the fibromyalgia debate is whether this disease is secondary to psychological stress, or caused by an organic syndrome. Most do believe that stress can cause fibromyalgia; however, it remains a "which came first" question. Chronic stress can cause changes in various hormones and neurotransmitters that can cause pain and fatigue (symptoms of fibromyalgia); however, the pain from this disease can also cause psychological stress.
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