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What causes fibromyalgia?

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Doctors aren't sure what causes it, but some think it's a problem with how your brain and spinal cord process pain signals from your nerves. We do know certain things suggest you're more likely to get it. For example:

  • You're a woman.
  • You have another painful disease, such as arthritis, or an infection.
  • You have a mood disorder, like anxiety or depression.
  • You were physically or emotionally abused or have PTSD.
  • You rarely exercise.
  • Other family members have it.

From: What Is Fibromyalgia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology: "What Is Fibromyalgia?"

Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: What Is It?"

American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association: "What Is Fibromyalgia?"

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Fast Facts About Fibromyalgia."

McIlwain, H. Holt, 2007. The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

Behm, F. , 2012. BMC Clinical Pathology

Reviewed by William Blahd on August 26, 2017

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology: "What Is Fibromyalgia?"

Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: What Is It?"

American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association: "What Is Fibromyalgia?"

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Fast Facts About Fibromyalgia."

McIlwain, H. Holt, 2007. The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

Behm, F. , 2012. BMC Clinical Pathology

Reviewed by William Blahd on August 26, 2017

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