The question for most of us with fibromyalgia is “What causes fibromyalgia?” The term fibromyalgia describes a syndrome that includes chronic widespread pain, increased sensitivity to pressure, and fatigue. Below is a list of uncommon theories. Experts guess: a virus, the brain, or long periods of stress. But there is so much more. Below you will find more about the symptoms of fibromyalgia!
A study was done by Massachusetts General Hospital. Their goal was to find possible connections between SFPN and FMS. They took 27 patients with fibromyalgia — a common syndrome –was found to have damage to nerve fibers in their skin and other evidence of a disease called Small-Fiber Polyneuropathy (SFPN). Fibromyalgia having no known cause, SFPN has a clear cause and conditions that can be cured. The FMS group, had a marked reduction in nerve fiber density, and abnormal autonomic function tests indicating the presence of SFPN.
The study from (MGH) researchers will appear in the journal PAIN and has been released online.
Oaklander, an associate professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical says, “Until now, there has been no good idea about what causes fibromyalgia, but now we have evidence for some but not all patients. Fibromyalgia is too complex for a ‘one size fits all’ explanation,”
The Cleveland Clinic says that one theory holds that children in their infancy, exposed to pain like medical testing or procedures, have impaired or abnormal sensitivity to pain. Does that lead to fibromyalgia?
From the minute you are born, you had appointments with pain.
Does abuse when you are little cause fibromyalgia? Well, there is no straightforward answer.
- Two studies found that adult women with fibromyalgia experienced a slightly higher frequency of physical abuse compared to women with other types of pain.
- Women with FM report more frequent sexual abuse, particularly rape.
Neurosurgeons Michael Rosner and Dan Heffez reported on a potentially new treatment for FM and chronic fatigue syndrome- involving neck surgery–claiming that it could be a big breakthrough for millions of people. It was titled “A Surgical Cure.” Drs. Heffez and Rosner also claimed that a malformation between the neck and the brain stem, called a Chiari Malformation (CM), could be responsible for the symptoms of FM and chronic fatigue syndrome, along with cervical inflammation, which causes compression of the upper spinal cord. They reported these conditions could be corrected, or certainly made better, by surgery.
Brain and Spinal Cord
Patrick W. Wood, M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer at Pacific Rheumatology Associates. He is in family medicine. He goes deeper into the symptoms of fibromyalgia. “Fibromyalgia: New Insights, New Hope”