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Can an injury cause fibromyalgia?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
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.
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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