How Do You Get Fibromyalgia?

If you’ve been recently diagnosed, you may be wondering, “How do you get fibromyalgia?” This is a question that many people face as they enter the process of treating this condition.

It’s common to want to find a source and to place blame when you have a chronic illness.

However, the frustrating thing about fibromyalgia is that it doesn’t have one known cause. While researchers are hoping to be able to find something identifiable, it hasn’t been discovered yet.

Because you’re at higher risk for fibromyalgia if you have a family history, there’s almost certainly a genetic component. At this time, though, a gene hasn’t been identified as the culprit.

But we do know that having a genetic predisposition can increase your risk.

For many illnesses caused by genes, there’s also an environmental component. That means something has to happen in one’s life in order to “trigger” the development of disease.

There are some patterns that tend to emerge when looking at groups with fibromyalgia.

One commonality is often trauma. People who have experienced some type of physical trauma in their lives are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than others. Psychological trauma is also common in people with fibromyalgia.

In the case of trauma, the fibromyalgia develops after the trauma – not before. Other factors such as anxiety, high levels of stress, and anxiety also accompany fibromyalgia.

Depression is often found in individuals with fibromyalgia, but that can be a result of chronic illness.

If you’ve ever had a severe infection, it may be a precursor to fibromyalgia. Some illnesses can be triggers for fibromyalgia.

However, not all people who have severe infections develop the disease. Illnesses such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are also closely linked to fibromyalgia.

Women tend to be more affected with fibromyalgia. In fact, many more women are diagnosed with the illness than men. This is thought to be a result of hormonal controls in the body. When you have fibromyalgia, you sense pain differently than others.

It’s possible that changes in hormones and brain chemistry can change the pain sensations. Pain is a protective factor in healing. When you’re injured, pain prevents you from moving in ways that will exacerbate the problems and gives you a chance to heal.

But with fibromyalgia, you experience pain throughout the body even when there’s no injury. That chronic pain is one of the hallmarks of fibromyalgia. Having an illness with no exact causes means that there’s generally no cure.

However, if you have fibromyalgia, there are many treatment options. Specifically answering the question, “How do you get fibromyalgia?” may be impossible, but talking to your doctor can help you to understand your risk.

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