When the reason of fibromyalgia remains unknown, there are intriguing theories on why a person may have developed Fibromyalgia, including a car crash or another serious injury, (such as a repetitive strain injury like carpal tunnel syndrome) infections, from a virus, bacteria or mycoplasma, (which are a group of parasitic microorganisms that in some respects are intermediate between viruses and bacteria), auto-immune systems out of control, a traumatic event, (such as a very difficult pregnancy), any extreme life-threatening illness, hormones, or biochemicals gone awry. Fibromyalgia may have multiple causes.
Some researchers feel that the onset of fibromyalgia can come from previous physical or sexual abuse. Others believe fibromyalgia is caused by a deficit in the neurotransmitter serotonin. Still others feel it is a central-nervous-system dysfunction. Most people say that it was an event or events that triggered the beginning of their illness.
Whether it’s primarily fibromyalgia that comes over time or post-traumatic fibromyalgia from being in an automobile accident, a fall, or some other type of trauma, the link between trauma and fibromyalgia have come to be accepted. No one knows, as of now, how physical trauma or abuse triggers fibromyalgia. It is surmised that it could be that the body’s stress response is shocked. In turn the stress response rushes to help the body resist the trauma by mobilizing hormones and neurochemicals. The body is reacting to this traumatic event and then when the traumatic event is over, the reaction keeps going (which is really called over- reacting).
There are triggers that do not cause fibromyalgia, though they can cause a person’s pain to become greater and also retain pain longer than individuals without the fibromyalgia. These triggers include stress, lack of sleep, depressions, and anxiety.
Meanwhile, whatever the causes, millions of people are suffering with a real syndrome. We look forward to breakthroughs in the near future.
Could I Be Suffering From Another Disease?
Yes there are other medical problems that are confused with Fibromyalgia, such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, thyroid disease, myofacial pain syndrome, Lyme disease or other common (or not so common) illnesses.
Even physicians can get confused when they’re working on a diagnosis. One good reason is that some of the same symptoms can be part of many illnesses. For instance, one of your symptoms may be extreme tiredness, even though you haven’t been doing anything. This is a possible symptom of a thyroid problem, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme disease and Fibromyalgia.
Be aware that trained physicians initially may diagnose Fibromyalgia when, in reality, it is another problem, or the very opposite could happen – sometimes a diagnosis of another medical condition is given when its actually Fibromyalgia that you are suffering from. Even harder to diagnose is the person who has Fibromyalgia but also has one of the other conditions as well.
It is also possible, though far less common, to have a medical problem called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Syndrome, or Mononucleosis.
To be on the safe side, it is good to have a basic understanding of these other diseases that are often confused with Fibromyalgia, and then you will be better prepared when you meet with your doctor.
Since your problem could be a medical condition other than Fibromyalgia, it is always best to see a physician to get the correct diagnosis. Most doctors are becoming more adept at distinguishing between Fibromyalgia and another medical problem.