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Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answeredEmotional stress can worsen fibromyalgia symptoms. People with fibromyalgia often say that their pain and other symptoms flare up or feel worse when they're having a stressful day or coping with emotionally upsetting circumstances. Finding a way to manage your stress level, such as practicing meditation or yoga, can help you control fibromyalgia symptoms.
Jennifer Caudle, DO, Family Medicine, answered
Fibromyalgia has many triggers that are different for each patient, but stress is one that affects many people. Watch family medicine physician Jennifer Caudle, DO, explain how stress can impact your condition and why stress management is important.
Natalie E. Azar, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
Stress is known to make fibromyalgia symptoms worse; it can exacerbate or trigger a flare-up in fibromyalgia, as well as other connective tissue diseases. Watch rheumatologist Natalie Azar, MD, explain the impact stress can have on fibromyalgia.
Dede Bonner, Health Education, answered
No one knows the exact correlation yet and fibromyalgia is still viewed by many as a “mysterious” disease, but some experts suggest that chronic stress may aggravate the body’s immune system and somehow be related to chronic pain.For some people with fibromyalgia, stress levels are further heightened because they get so little support or sympathy about their pain from the other people in their lives. This pain-stress cycle then becomes a vicious circle.
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It can for some. There are numerous triggers or causes that can worsen a patient’s fibromyalgia, and stress or anxiety can certainly cause symptoms to worsen. Controlling stress and anxiety with treatment through a multidisciplinary team can help fibromyalgia symptoms.