Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition characterized by musculoskeletal fatigue, pain, and tenderness in certain areas. Fibromyalgia has also been linked to other issues such as headaches, sleep problems, anxiety, and depression. This condition is often grouped with arthritis conditions because of its effects on localized areas and the perception that pain originates at the joints.
If you or a loved one is suffering from fibromyalgia the first thing that may cross your mind is: what are the causes of this condition? To answer your question, the causes of fibromyalgia are still unknown at this time, but there are factors that can put you at a higher risk for developing the condition. We’ll outline these below to give you a better understanding of what may cause fibromyalgia.
Researchers have noticed that fibromyalgia tends to run in families, and therefore believe there might be a genetic component to the condition. Studies have found several genes that could explain why these disorders run in families. These specific genes play a role in your nervous system’s response to things that cause pain, like pressure and heat. Some of these genes are also connected to depression and anxiety, which may explain why fibromyalgia has been linked to these issues. Further research is being done to learn more about these connections.
2. Physical or emotional trauma
Post-traumatic stress disorder has been linked to fibromyalgia, as well as sustaining physical trauma from accidents like a car or motorcycle crash. Repetitive motion injuries that can occur in the workplace are also risk factors. Physical injuries, especially those to the neck – like whiplash – can lead to fibromyalgia. Whether these injuries and trauma create a stressful environment that leads to fibromyalgia, or the injuries themselves are a direct link, is still unknown.
Some illnesses appear to trigger or lead to fibromyalgia. The following illnesses or events have been linked to the appearance of fibromyalgia:
- Hepatitis C
- Lyme Disease
- Ankylosing spondylitis – a type of arthritis that affects the spine.
When other factors and illnesses come into play it can make diagnosing fibromyalgia even more difficult.
We’ve outlined the possible causes of fibromyalgia in hopes of better educating you on this chronic pain condition. If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these factors, it may be time to seek help from a medical professional and begin searching for a treatment plan. Having healthy joints can put you on the road to overall better health, as well as help deal with other conditions like fibromyalgia. One of the best ways to maintain healthy joints is including an all natural joint supplement in your daily diet.
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