Fibromyalgia Causes

Fibromyalgia Causes

Fibromyalgia Causes
One of the most common risk factors for fibromyalgia is experiencing some type of physical or emotional trauma, and there is some indication that genetic factors also may play a role. Patients with sleep disorders have increased risk, and poor sleep habits are related to fibromyalgia flares.

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    A survey of 100 women with fibromyalgia found that the average woman started experiencing fibromyalgia symptoms at age 46, and menopause had already occurred before fibromyalgia started in two of three women. (In Westernized cultures, menopause is generally expected to occur around age 51.) Although doctors don't know why, studies consistently show that menopause tends to occur nearly 10 years earlier than average in women with fibromyalgia -- around age 42.
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    Generally, menopause does not increase your risk for developing fibromyalgia. However, as you go through menopause, your estrogen levels begin to drop and may cause symptoms that are sometimes similar to those of fibromyalgia. If you begin to experience sleep disruption and daytime fatigue, then these symptoms could be attributed to either menopause or fibromyalgia.

    You will have a clearer understanding of the issues if you and your doctor review all of your symptoms instead of focusing on a select few. For example, symptoms of menopause such as night sweats and hot flashes are normally not symptoms of fibromyalgia. Likewise, symptoms of fibromyalgia such as muscle pain and morning stiffness are normally not symptoms of menopause.

    If you have new symptoms that affect your quality of life, talk to your doctor so that your symptoms can be accurately diagnosed. Only with an accurate diagnosis can you begin to treat the specific issues based on the specific condition.
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    Anyone can be diagnosed with fibromyalgia. However, this syndrome is much more common in women. Approximately 80 percent to 90 percent of the 5 million Americans who have fibromyalgia are female. Still, men and children can develop fibromyalgia, too.

    Other risk factors for fibromyalgia include:
    • being middle aged
    • having a family member who has fibromyalgia
    • having certain medical conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and  ankylosing spondylitis
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    Deficiencies of many neurotransmitters, including dopamine, serotonin, acetylcholine, and oxytocin have been documented in fibromyalgia. Because of this, treatments raising these neurotransmitters can be helpful. This is, however, one small piece of a much larger problem that needs to be addressed.

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    Women account for the vast majority of fibromyalgia cases, but no one is certain why because the exact cause of fibromyalgia is still unknown. Some researchers believe that many more men have fibromyalgia than are diagnosed. They believe that some men suffer the symptoms of fibromyalgia but do not seek medical care.

    Also, women may have more symptoms of fibromyalgia than men, such as pelvic pain, painful periods or painful intercourse.

    It is important to understand that significant progress is being made in the diagnosis and treatment of fibromyalgia. Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns about this condition.
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    A number of things are believed to trigger fibromyalgia symptoms, but doctors don't know exactly how. Experts think there is a possible link between the body’s immune system, endocrine system and neurological system.
     
    Some things that could trigger fibromyalgia are:
    • certain infections
    • trauma, including physical assault
    • sexual abuse
    • obesity
    • sleep disorders
    • depression
    • pain from another cause
    Pain from childhood hospital procedures may also be a fibromyalgia trigger. Researchers studied kids who had many tests done during a previous stay a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). They found that the children later became hypersensitive to pain. The body’s natural ability to block pain did not develop the same way it did in other people. As a result, they developed fibromyalgia. The same thing that would not cause another person to feel much pain caused these kids a lot of physical pain in early childhood.
     
    Scientists think your genes may also play a role in fibromyalgia, but studies are still in the early phase. It's difficult to separate out environmental triggers and genes, because a lot of times when people from the same family have fibromyalgia, they've been exposed to the same things. For example, if somebody grows up in a poor neighborhood where there's more violence and more stress, you may see more fibromyalgia in the family. But that doesn't necessarily mean that everybody in the family has the gene for fibromyalgia. 
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    Sleep disorders are common with fibromyalgia, but they don't cause it. No one is sure exactly what causes fibromyalgia, but people who have the condition are probably genetically susceptible to developing it. What often happens is that an illness, an accident, or an emotional trauma triggers the onset of fibromyalgia. Sleep problems often accompany fibromyalgia, but they have not been shown to trigger the condition.
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    The diagnosis of fibromyalgia is usually made between the ages of 20 to 50 years. However, this incidence rises with age so that by age 80, approximately 8% of adults meet the American College of Rheumatology classification of fibromyalgia. It is imperative for older people to know that aging does not necessarily mean living with more pain. People who are in pain, regardless of their age, should be seen and treated appropriately by caring doctors.
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    Fibromyalgia (FM) often occurs following a physical trauma (especially involving the trunk), an acute illness (i.e. hepatitis C, Epstein-Barr virus, Lyme disease) or injury, which may act as a “trigger” in the development of the disorder. Other triggers include psychological stressors such as early life trauma and deployment to war.

    Increasing attention is being devoted to the central nervous system as the underlying mechanism of FM. Studies have suggested that people with FM have generalized disturbance in pain processing and an amplified response to stimuli that would not ordinarily be painful in healthy individuals.
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    Recent studies show that genetic factors may predispose individuals to fibromyalgia. For some patients, the onset of the syndrome is slow. But in a large percentage of patients, the onset is triggered by an illness or an injury.

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