What causes fibromyalgia?
The short answer is ‘We don’t know’.
A longer explanation is based on our understanding of how we sense and process pain and other sensations.
In Pain is in your brain I introduced pain and that it is the result of your brain processing information and sensations and giving them meaning.
Sometimes the processing of the sensory information is disturbed, and becomes abnormally activated which means that the experience of pain is increased.
Things that may trigger this disturbance can be emotional distress, injury, disturbed sleep, shock and poor posture.
It’s possible that certain infections, genetic factors and may also play a role.
Women between the ages of 35 – 60 years are more likely develop fibromyalgia.
It’s possible that people with rheumatic disease
Diagnosis should be made by an appropriately qualified medical practitioner.
The doctor will consider how long widespread pain has been experienced and the presence of abnormal tenderness in particular parts of the body.
Blood tests can be used to screen for other conditions, however they can’t confirm a diagnosis of fibromyalgia.