Fibromyalgia is a syndrome—a set of symptoms that occur together. Experts have ideas about what may cause it, but there is
not enough evidence to support any one idea. Some ideas include:
Nerve cells may be too sensitive.
Chemicals in the brain
(neurotransmitters) may be out of balance.
The deep phase of sleep may be disrupted and affect the amount of hormones that your body releases.
Many people connect the beginning of their symptoms to a certain event, such as the
flu, an injury or surgery, or emotional trauma and stress. An event of this type combined with other things, such as
increased sensitivity to pain and sleep problems, may lead to
fibromyalgia in some people.
It is possible that the main title of the report Fibromyalgia is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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