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What Are the Risk Factors for Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a painful and confounding condition that the medical community is only beginning to understand. Getting relief from the pain of fibromyalgia often requires a multifaceted approach that can include medications, physical therapy, acupuncture, and a range of other treatments. As doctors begin to better understand fibromyalgia, there is increased awareness about the risk factors for developing it. Could you develop fibromyalgia? Here is a look at some of the common risk factors.

Sex

Fibromyalgia is far more likely to affect women than man. As many as 90% of fibromyalgia cases occur in women, though doctors are not sure why this is the case. One potential cause could be estrogen. Fluctuating levels of hormones may trigger symptoms of pain. Further, men release protective endorphins, which help to reduce the symptoms of pain. This could cause women to feel the pain associated with fibromyalgia more frequently and intensely.

Stress

Both physical and emotional stress can increase the risk of fibromyalgia. Doing work that is physically demanding or being in an unsupportive and stressful environment can lead to chronic pain symptoms. Disturbed sleep, which often occurs in people with chronic stress, appears to increase the risk of developing fibromyalgia even more. It is thought that stress and lack of sleep can trigger a cycle of symptoms in which the pain of fibromyalgia causes stress and interferes with sleep, while the stress and sleep deprivation intensifies fibromyalgia pain.

Genetics

There appears to be a strong genetic link in fibromyalgia patients. Differences in pain signaling in the brain are believed to be one of the causes of fibromyalgia, and these differences in brain chemistry tend to run in families. If you have a relative with fibromyalgia, then it is more likely that you will develop it as well.

Manhattan Total Health offers a range of treatments to help you manage chronic pain without medications. Patients with fibromyalgia may find relief from physical therapy, acupuncture, and medical massage in New York, NY. To make an appointment with us, please call (888) 614-9257.

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