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How does stress increase depression with fibromyalgia?

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The stress of living with chronic pain and fatigue can put a person into "overload." That can lead to overwhelming feelings of nervousness and anxiety. What isn't clear is whether a stressful life brings about the fibromyalgia or if having fibromyalgia leads to stress.

No matter which comes first, stress adds to problems of anger, distractibility, and irritability. Most people feel their pain and fatigue gets worse when they have more stress. Sometimes, severe stress happens just before the disease starts.

From: Fibromyalgia and Depression WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: What Causes It?" National Fibromyalgia Society: "What Causes Fibromyalgia?" National Fibromyalgia Association: "Understanding Fibromyalgia and Chronic pain." McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007.



The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

American Heart Association.

Gracely, RH.   2012   , Pain Res Treat

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 02, 2018

SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: What Causes It?" National Fibromyalgia Society: "What Causes Fibromyalgia?" National Fibromyalgia Association: "Understanding Fibromyalgia and Chronic pain." McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007.



The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

American Heart Association.

Gracely, RH.   2012   , Pain Res Treat

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 02, 2018

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