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can severe stress cause all this fibromyalgia pain?

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Dr. Ian Taras
Dr. Ian Taras answered
28 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes it's possible: Its difficult to isolate what fibromyalgia is. Much easier to diagnose what it is not. Therefore it's difficult to assess what 'cause & affect' makes it worse as opposed to simply, 'guilt by association.' someone best described it as a water pipe. Pressure (good) makes the water flow but stress (bad) makes the pipe crack!
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience Pain Management
No: True fibromyalgia is not a response to stress. See a rheumatologist or pain specialist. True that stress can cause pain but stress is not a precipitator of fm.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013

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