Whilst the precise cause of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia remains unknown it is frequently triggered by a stressful or traumatic event such as a physical injury (eg a whiplash injury or a fall).
However, it can also develop from a viral infection or surgery or from psychological stressors such as stress in the workplace, a bereavement or the breakdown of a relationship. Confusingly, in some cases the condition can develop without any obvious triggering event.
Studies suggest that women are seven times more likely to develop the condition than men and that the predominant age for developing the condition is between 30 and 50 years of age. However, there are examples of children developing fibromyalgia.
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia
Despite its cause remaining uncertain, it is now widely accepted that Fibromyalgia is one of a number of conditions which result from central sensitisation. More information on this can be found via this link. With this in mind, we have noticed that many of our clients with Fibromyalgia are also suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Fortunately, unlike in the past, Fibromyalgia is now accepted by most doctors as genuine. Research has shown that the onset of Fibromyalgia is associated with chemical, electrical, physical and functional changes in the brain. In other words, objective signs have been recognised. A number of factors are thought to be involved, including genetics.
Psychological issues are accepted as an important factor in all conditions involving central sensitisation and there is a clear overlap with psychiatric ‘somatisation disorders’. In particular there is an association with depression, anxiety and adverse early life events.
Whilst there is a wide spectrum, doctors believe that in a ‘typical’ case there will be a history of early life stressors (bereavement, bullying, mental, physical or sexual abuse); onset of depression or anxiety during adolescence (when it appears that the brain is becoming hard-wired) and during adolescence and early adult life, the sufferer repeatedly reports unexplained medical symptoms that become intrusive.
The frequency of occurrence of these conditions depends on the definition but are remarkably high, with studies on the general population suggesting that up to 10% of people may suffer from them. However, the great majority of those people have mild symptoms and don’t ever seek medical help.
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