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What causes fibromyalgia?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

For the most part, the cause of fibromyalgia is a mystery, but research has been able to shed a little light on the subject. It is very common for people to develop fibromyalgia following some type of physical or emotional trauma and stress seems to play a big role in that. However, exactly how stress affects fibromyalgia remains unclear. The condition has also been linked to certain infections and tends to run in families, leading researchers to believe that genetics are involved. This theory is further supported by the evidence of certain genes occurring more frequently in those suffering from fibromyalgia.

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