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Does lack of exercise make me grumpy?

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Too much stress can lead to permanently low levels of serotonin. That, in turn, can lead to aggression and feelings of depression. Lack of exercise can aggravate low serotonin levels. On the other hand, increased levels of serotonin in the brain are associated with a calming, anxiety reducing effect. In some cases they are also associated with drowsiness. Having stable function in the brain circuits that use serotonin to send messages is linked with a positive mood.

Talk to your health care provider about the level of activity that is right for you.

From: Fibromyalgia and Pregnancy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Women's Healthcare Forum: "Fibromyalgia: The Basics." Arthritis Foundation: "Water Exercises." McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007.


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Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 2, 2018

SOURCES: Women's Healthcare Forum: "Fibromyalgia: The Basics." Arthritis Foundation: "Water Exercises." McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007.


The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 2, 2018

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